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Hollywood Producer's New Nonprofit to Boost Diverse Creators

This Oct. 2021 image provided by Rideback Rise shows comedian Hasan Minhaj, left, giving a master class, in Los Angeles, that showcased the type of programming Rideback Rise will provide to its fellows and others. (Jenna Kim/Rideback Rise via AP)
This Oct. 2021 image provided by Rideback Rise shows comedian Hasan Minhaj, left, giving a master class, in Los Angeles, that showcased the type of programming Rideback Rise will provide to its fellows and others. (Jenna Kim/Rideback Rise via AP)

(AP) -- Hollywood film producer Dan Lin — known for movies such as Disney’s live action “Aladdin” and “The Two Popes” — is launching a nonprofit with more than $1 million from the Ford and MacArthur foundations as well as several other philanthropies. His goal is to help more people of color create and produce film, television, digital, and audio projects.

“There’s no shortage of talented, diverse creators, artists, and entrepreneurs,” said Lin, founder and CEO of the film and television company Rideback. “The only scarcity is opportunity, the funding and the risk-taking that’s always existed at the center of this Hollywood content machine. We’re really determined to break through these restricted access points, enlarge the funnel, and activate more creatives of color.”