The SAG-AFTRA Foundation will present its Patron of the Artists Awards to entertainment industry leader, WndrCo co-founder and NewTV (working title) founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and trailblazing director/producer/writer Spike Lee whose most recent film BlacKkKlansman opened earlier this year. The award honors industry leaders who are champions of the arts and whose history of fostering creativity and creating opportunities for actors has made a positive impact on the acting profession and the performing arts. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s 3rd annual Patron of the Artists Awards benefit takes place Thursday, November 8, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
“The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a vital safety net for artists throughout their careers. We believe that the contributions made by performing artists to our society are not only valuable, but essential, and it’s not only the arts, but the artists who need a community of support,” said SAG-AFTRA Foundation president JoBeth Williams. “Jeffrey Katzenberg and Spike Lee are two leaders within our industry who have created opportunities, opened doors, nurtured careers and provided jobs to countless artists. They understand the value of artists--and the arts--to transport us to worlds that we have never seen before and tell stories that have never been told before. Mr. Lee and Mr. Katzenberg are innovators, leaders and champions of the arts, and of artists, and could not be more deserving of our Patron of the Artists Awards.”
Previous recipients of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Patron of the Artists Awards are director/writer/producer Judd Apatow, director/producer Kathryn Bigelow, director/writer/producer Lee Daniels, producer Megan Ellison, director/producer Rob Marshall, and Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. The Patron of the Artists Awards event includes musical performances with ticket sales benefitting the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s vital assistance and performers programs for SAG-AFTRA artists, as well as its Emmy®-nominated children’s literacy program Storyline Online®.
In addition to honoring Katzenberg and Lee with Patron of the Artists Awards on November 8, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation will also recognize Harrison Ford and Lady Gaga with Artists Inspiration Awards for their philanthropic work.