The HISTORY Channel & Roybal Ink Multiyear Pact


The HISTORY Channel/A+E Networks has partnered with the Roybal Film and Television Production Magnet Fund, with A+E Networks Group’s Paul Buccieri joining the Roybal advisory board.

The fund was established by George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Creative Artists Agency’s Bryan Lourd to support the Roybal Film and Television Production Magnet academy that they founded to drive change across the entertainment industry for students from underserved communities. Buccieri, president and chairman of A+E Networks Group, will work alongside the trio and fellow board members Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, Mindy Kaling, Don Cheadle, Nicole Avant, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Jim Gianopulos.

As part of the multiyear partnership, The HISTORY Channel/A+E Networks will provide classroom resources and curriculum developed to meet the standards prescribed by the state of California and the University of California system, plus offer students access to special screenings and guest speakers. Working in collaboration with the Roybal Film and Television Production Magnet Fund and the school, the company will also develop learning sessions led by A+E Networks creatives and company leaders.

Buccieri said: “One of the most powerful ways to diversify the entertainment industry is to provide a new generation with practical hands-on skills and connections, which is why I am honored to serve as a founding member of the Roybal Film and Television Magnet School Advisory Board. The History Channel is proud to be a founding partner at the school to help support educators, augment curriculum, provide opportunities that inspire curiosity and empower students to excel. The Roybal school will help infuse the media and entertainment industry with an incredible new pool of creatives, and I am thrilled to play a role in this important endeavor.”

Lourd said: “We welcome Paul and his shared commitment to the board’s mission. With Paul and the support of The History Channel, we are able to accelerate our collective impact on Roybal’s students. We look forward to other individuals and companies joining our efforts.”