2019’s Top 5

2019’s Top 5

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2019’s Top 5

Thank you for your support of Shine Global in 2019!

We couldn’t have done all this without you.

  • Tre Maison Dasan had its broadcast premiere on PBS reaching almost 2 million viewers and sparking conversations about child welfare in the criminal justice system
  • The Election Effect,” Shine’s first digital series, was nominated for a Webby Award (aka “the Oscars of the internet”) and was a featured Webby for Good project. It’s now available for educational screenings to help teach civil discourse.
  • We completed Virtually Free for a 2020 release with the help of 218 backers on Kickstarter. Our 2020 release will use the film to promote juvenile justice reform.
  • Liyana raised more than $30,000 for the Liyana Educational Fund which helps cover students’ costs for higher education including university tuition and vocational training, as well as travel and boarding when needed.
  • Shine Global’s 5th Annual Gala raised over $175,000 to support our mission.

Thank you to all of our supporters who made this possible – and more to come in 2020!

The Election Effect Nominated for A Webby – “The Oscars of the Internet”

The Election Effect Nominated for A Webby – “The Oscars of the Internet”

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Shine Global’s Digital Series “The Election Effect” Nominated For Best Public Service & Activism Video In the 23rd Annual Webby Awards

Shine Global’s Digital Series “The Election Effect” Nominated For Best Public Service & Activism Video In the 23rd Annual Webby Awards

Fans Can Vote Online to Help The Election Effect Win Internet’s Top Honor: wbby.co/vote-vid32

[NY, NY] — [April 4, 2019] – Shine Global announced today that it has been nominated for Best Public Service & Activism Video in the 23rd Annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet.

The Election Effect is a five-part documentary series that showcases life for the next generation of voters. The series, produced by Oscar-winning production house Shine Global and Paramount Network, looks at seven students from an array of backgrounds and political beliefs across the nation — and documents the effect of political rhetoric on each of them. Shine Global enlisted the help of five award-winning directors as diverse as their subjects, to capture these conversations in thoughtful and thought-provoking ways.  

In addition to the documentaries, Shine Global created a free downloadable companion discussion guide for teachers, educators, parents, and student leaders to download. With “The Election Effect” and the accompanying Discussion Guides, Shine Global hopes to provide teachers, parents, and community leaders with the skills to promote civil discourse among students. These include listening respectfully to other opinions and trying to understand different points of view — crucial skills to function effectively in a democracy. The series is available for schools and libraries through Tugg Educational.

“Nominees like “The Election Effect” are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said Claire Graves, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 13,000 entries we received this year.”

“The kids who are coming of age now, in this moment, are activists,” says series Producer Albie Hecht. “They’re the most tuned-in, the most connected generation we’ve ever seen.  Considering they are our future, we felt it was important to give them a chance to speak to one another and to the nation. We think we can all learn from the empathetic approach they took in their dialogue.”

As a nominee, “The Election Effect” is also eligible to win a Webby People’s Voice Award, which is voted online by fans across the globe. From now until April 18th, Shine Global fans can cast their votes at vote.webbyawards.com.

Winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, and honored at a star-studded ceremony on Monday, May 13, 2019, at Cipriani on Wall Street in New York City.  There they will have an opportunity to deliver one of The Webby Awards’ famous 5-Word Speeches. Past 5-Word Speeches include: Steve Wilhite’s “It’s Pronounced “Jif” not ‘Gif’; Stephen Colbert’s “Me. Me. Me. Me. Me.”; and Björk ‘s “A E I O U.”

About Shine Global:
Shine Global is an award-winning non-profit media company that gives voice to children and their families by sharing their stories of resilience to raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change. 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. Our films have won more than 60 major awards, including an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject for Inocente and an Academy Award®-nomination for War/Dance.

About The Webby Awards:
Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Video, Advertising, Media & PR, Apps, Mobile, and Voice, Social, Podcasts, and Games. Established in 1996, this year’s Webby Awards received nearly 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 70 countries worldwide this year. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: YouTube, WP Engine, EY, YouGov, Vitamin T, WNYC Studios, Fast Company, ESA, Product Hunt, and Social Media Week.

IADAS, which nominates and selects The Webby Award Winners, is comprised of Internet industry experts including Internet inventor Vint Cerf, Instagram’s Head of Fashion Partnerships Eva Chen, Director of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society Susan P. Crawford, actor and activist Jesse Williams, GE CMO Linda BoffPod Save the People host and activist DeRay McKesson, Google’s Head of Conversation Design Cathy Pearl, Fortnite Designer Eric Williamson, HBO Digital Chief Diane Tryneski, Los Angeles Laker Isaiah Thomas, and DDB Worldwide CEO Wendy Clark.

2018’s Top 5

2018’s Top 5

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2018 Top 5

So much happened in 2018 – it was hard to pick our top 5!

  • Liyana had an amazing year garnering rave reviews and a lot of new fans – and work is starting on the educational components and engagement partners.
  • Tre Maison Dasan made its festival debut and in addition to the screenings and awards, the team has been building partnerships and hosting discussions with key stakeholders about the impact of parental incarceration on kids.
  • Shine’s first digital series “The Election Effect” premiered on Facebook to reach 1.6 million people and is now available for teachers and educators along with a free discussion guide.
  • Our upcoming documentary Virtually Free focusing on juvenile justice and a unique program that attempts to bridge the divide between teens and police wrapped principal photography and entered the edit room.
  • And our 4th Gala in NYC was a huge success – and a lot of fun!

Thank you to all of our supporters who made this possible – and more to come in 2019!

The Election Effect Wins Best Doc Series at IAWTV Awards

The Election Effect Wins Best Doc Series at IAWTV Awards

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The Election Effect Wins Best Doc Series at IAWTV Awards

Shine Global Board of Governors Member Beth Deutschman and Series Executive Producer Jeanine Kay

Shine Global’s first digital series “The Election Effect” won Best Documentary or Educational Series at the 2018 International Academy of Web Television Awards.

The Election Effect is a series of five short documentaries that showcase seven different teenagers in five states across the country. Each documentary focuses on a different issue or aspect of life, but all address what life as a young person is like in the wake of the polarizing election and how that election has encouraged a level of political engagement we haven’t seen in a generation as America’s youth take both to the streets and to Twitter to amplify their voices.

The series Executive Producer Jeanine Kay accepted the award at the ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday evening.   “I have a ten-year-old son,” she said in her acceptance, “so this project was very important to me because when I took a look at what was happening in American politics, I realized that there is a possibility that my child…may only know one president until he graduates high school. So I thought it was important for us to start building documentaries around what our democracy is really about.”

Shine Global 2017 Annual Report

Shine Global 2017 Annual Report

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Shine Global 2017 Annual Report

Shine Global’s new films and programs had a powerful impact in 2017. The Annual Report details the change we created for children around the world, and the achievements of our latest films that continue to screen globally! You’ll also get a sneak peak of our upcoming projects along with an overview of how we intend to use these films/series to create real-world impact.

See previous years annual reports and tax returns here.