USC Annenberg Sends Hollywood Contingent to India

Five Hollywood writers and producers arrived in Mumbai, India on Sunday to begin a week-long visit underwritten by Hollywood Health & Society, a project of the Norman Lear Center at USC’s Annenberg School.

The group consists of Jennifer Cecil (Private Practice), Michael Nash (Climate Refugees), Zoanne Clack (Grey’s Anatomy), John Max Burnett III (The Troop), and Karen Tenkhoff (Walt Disney Feature Animation). Along with learning about global health issues such as HIV and TB, the quintet will also take the opportunity to liaise with members of the world’s largest film industry:

A panel discussion will be held on May 12th with Ramesh Sippy, president of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India, Amol Gupte (Stanley Ka Dabba), and Vinta Nanda (joint COO, Creativeland Pictures). Topics will include the entertainment industry’s approach to programming about health issues in India and film–television as vehicles for social change.

“We are thrilled to bring some of Hollywood’s master storytellers to India,” said Sandra de Castro Buffington, director of Hollywood Health & Society. “We know that they will be creatively and personally inspired by what they see and learn while in this extraordinary country.”