The Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF) announced a gift of $20 million from News Corporation for its MPTF Campaign. The announcement was made by MPTF board member and chairman of the MPTF Campaign, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and MPTF committee member, Michael Douglas, whose family has raised millions for the charitable programs directed at active industry workers in times of need with the annual Michael Douglas & Friends celebrity golf event.
“Rupert Murdoch has been a major donor to MPTF for nearly 20 years,” said Katzenberg. “He was one of the first people I approached when I became involved as chairman of the MPTF Foundation in 1991. He said yes then and has never stopped, and now this incredible commitment from News Corporation is the ultimate expression of generosity.”
“The MPTF is vital to the long-term health of the entertainment industry and provides crucial support to many valued members of the creative community,” said Murdoch, chairman and CEO of News Corporation. “I’m so pleased we can play a role in its ongoing success, and hope that this commitment will spur others within the entertainment community to get involved and join this important mission.”
The $350 million MPTF Campaign is focused on meeting the needs of current industry workers, as well as current and future retirees, with charitable programs and services ranging from financial assistance for rent, mortgage, food and extraordinary healthcare crises to counseling and health care support for uninsured and underinsured members of the entertainment community through a new MPTF program called Bridge to Health.
“Everyone knows the unpredictable nature of working in the entertainment industry and the needs that can arise as a result,” MPTF president & CEO Bob Beitcher said. “MPTF is only able to continue to provide a safety net because of generous donations, and the gift from News Corporation is extraordinary and will surely impact thousands of lives for years to come.”