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What do we do?


Shine Global is a non-profit media company. We produce inspiring films and compelling content about at-risk children. Through tailored distribution and outreach, we connect with our audiences in communities, classrooms, museums, and on capitol hill as part of a powerful engagement campaign to encourage social change.

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What issues do we explore?


Since our founding in 2005, Shine Global has taken action on child labor, child abuse, and child soldiering, shared moving stories about the effects of war, parental incarceration, undocumented immigration, and homelessness on children, highlighted the power of music, dance, and sports to overcome intolerance. In all its films, Shine Global celebrates children’s resilience.

MISSION STATEMENT

Shine Global gives voice to children by telling stories of their resilience to raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change.

Our passion and hard work have been rewarded

Our films have won more than 50 major awards, including an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject for Inocente and an Academy Award®-nomination for War/Dance.

viewersMore than 2 million viewers have seen our films on platforms such as MTV, EPIX, Netflix, iTunes, and DVD as well as in theaters, schools, and community organizations.

political

War/Dance was shown to members of Congress shortly before the passage of the Child Soldiers Protection Act of 2008

community

 1 Way Up convinced a London community council to invest in a BMX track for youth

WHO ARE WE?

About Shine Global


Susan MacLaury

Co-Founder & Executive Director

SUSAN MACLAURY executive produced the Emmy Award®-winning, Academy Award®-nominated documentary War/Dance, as well as The Harvest (La Cosecha), the Academy Award® Winner Inocente, 1 Way Up in 3D, and The Eagle Huntress. She is also the producer of Shine’s latest film The Wrong Light. Susan is in charge of the educational outreach and social advocacy efforts for all of Shine’s films. She is dually degreed in social work administration and health education and was associate professor of health education at Kean University from 1994 through 2013.

Albie Hecht

Co-Founder

ALBIE HECHT is a Co-Founder of Shine Global. Albie was most recently the head of the HLN Network. Prior to HLN he was the CEO of Worldwide Biggies, a digital studio creating transmedia content for film and TV. Before creating Biggies, Albie was President of Film and Television Entertainment at Nickelodeon, where he developed Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer and co-created and executive produced “The Kids Choice Awards.” As creator and President of Spike TV, Albie brought the UFC franchise to the channel. He won awards for his documentary “True Dads: the Story of American Fatherhood” with Bruce Willis. In the movies, he produced the Oscar®-nominated animated feature Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Shine Global’s first film, the Oscar®-nominated feature documentary, War/Dance, and the Oscar® winner Inocente.

Albie Hecht

Co-Founder

ALBIE HECHT is a Co-Founder of Shine Global. Albie was most recently the head of the HLN Network. Prior to HLN he was the CEO of Worldwide Biggies, a digital studio creating transmedia content for film and TV. Before creating Biggies, Albie was President of Film and Television Entertainment at Nickelodeon, where he developed Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer and co-created and executive produced “The Kids Choice Awards.” As creator and President of Spike TV, Albie brought the UFC franchise to the channel. He won awards for his documentary “True Dads: the Story of American Fatherhood” with Bruce Willis. In the movies, he produced the Oscar®-nominated animated feature Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Shine Global’s first film, the Oscar®-nominated feature documentary, War/Dance, and the Oscar® winner Inocente.

Alexandra Blaney

Director of Marketing & Production

ALEXANDRA BLANEY joined Shine Global in 2009 and now serves as Director of Marketing and Production. Her passion is to use media and the arts, especially film, to promote social justice. Alex served as Associate Producer on Shine’s Academy Award® winning short documentary film Inocente and as Co-Producer on 1 Way Up in 3D and The Wrong Light. She also helps develop and manage the outreach programs for Shine’s films. Alex graduated from Pomona College where she studied International Relations and History.

Kiana Jackson

Executive Assistant

KIANA JACKSON started as an intern at Shine in the fall of 2013 and now joins the team as Executive Assistant. She graduated from NYU with a major in Cinema Studies and a minor in Business Entertainment and Media Technologies.

Kiana Jackson

Executive Assistant

KIANA JACKSON started as an intern at Shine in the fall of 2013 and now joins the team as Executive Assistant. She graduated from NYU with a major in Cinema Studies and a minor in Business Entertainment and Media Technologies.

Board of Directors


Board Chair: Anne Prost

Consultant, not-for-profit organizations

Robert Baker

Chief Office of Political Programming, FCC

Keith Brown

Senior Vice President of Programming at HLN, Producer

Al Cattabiani

Entrepreneur and advisor in media distribution, Co-founder/CEO, Wellspring Media. Co-founder, iThentic

Marilyn A. DeLuca

PhD, RN Consultant, Healthcare, Policy & Philanthropy Assistant Professor, School of Medicine & Associate Professor, College of Nursing, NYU

Albie Hecht

Recently EVP and GM of HLN

Gail Khosla

Founder of Khosla Partners LLC

Adrienne Lopez

Director of Special Projects at HLN, Film Producer

Bill MacArthur

President and Director at The Brooksville Fund, Inc.

Ellen Maddrey

Educator

Regan McCarthy

Senior Partner, Songmasters LLC

Don Melnick

PhD, Thomas Hunt Morgan Professor of Conservation Biology and Director of the Center for Environment, Economy, and Society, Columbia University

Kay Sarlin Wright

Executive Vice President of Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives at Empire State Development

Dario Spina

EVP Integrated Marketing at MTV Networks

Board of Governors


Beth Deutschman

Vice President, Television and Media at The Hollywood Reporter


Jeanine Kay

Mike O’Malley

Actor/Writer/Producer


Susan Ringo & Barry Sonnenfeld

Producer and Director

Hiry West

Co-Founder of Medicaid Advisory Group and Zwoosh Media

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