New & Notable
From new assignments to new clients to new recognition, lots of new things are happening at Tiller. Read all about it.
Building on the success of its 2020 launch, the TIROTA/Finish Line Social Impact Script Competition is back for a second year, again searching for new scripts that raise awareness and inspire change around critical social issues.
Chicago ’66, by first time feature screenwriter Stephane Dunn, won the initial TIROTA/Finish Line Social Impact Script Competition in 2020. Chicago ’66 tells the story of a grieving young boy living with his grandfather in the Chicago inner city who becomes inspired and emboldened when Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr. become his neighbors that summer. Her script is currently being packaged with producer Matthew Carnahan attached.
TIROTA is Tiller’s purpose-driven content division.
The latest public opinion poll from Tiller, LLC, conducted in conjunction with ENGINE Insights, revealed that although Americans are frustrated by the political discourse, they recognize the opportunity to make things better. “We could be experiencing a new and sustained era of social and civic engagement,” noted Tiller President Jim Marren.
The release of the survey findings coincides with National Character Counts Week, recently proclaimed by President Trump as October 18-24, 2020. Seven out of 10 Americans who took our survey said that when it comes to electing a president, character counts. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden outpolled President Trump on most character markers.
Read the press release to learn more about the survey findings.
Foster Boy, A Courtroom Thriller Taking On the Injustices of the Foster Care System, Releases September 25th
Foster Boy, an indie drama about an African-American boy’s fight for justice in a system normalizing abuse against foster youth, releases nationwide in select theaters and on demand on September 25th. Pre-order on iTunes.
Foster Boy has won more than a dozen film festival awards including six “Official Selection” accolades. NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal executive produced the film.
As co-producers, the principals of TIROTA – the purposeful content division of Tiller- helped develop a platform for audiences to advocate for safer foster care, support outreach and advocacy efforts and learn more about becoming a foster family. Learn more on the Foster Boy website.
Israel Cancer Research Fund’s Virtual Ribbons of Hope Gala, Hosted By Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander, Breaks Record for Dollars Allocated to Cancer Research Projects
ICRF President and Tiller CEO, Rob Densen, was cautiously optimistic about pivoting to a virtual annual fundraising event in the fallout of the pandemic. But the star-studded event – featuring NBC broadcaster Tom Brokaw, musician Benji Pasek, actress Bonnie Hunt and Canadian actor Eugene Levy, among others – resulted in more funding for research projects than the last four galas combined. Watch the event.
The TIROTA/Finish Line Social Impact Script Competition Selects Morehouse College Professor Stephane Dunn’s Screenplay Chicago ’66 as the First Grand Prize Winner of the Inaugural Screenwriting Contest.
Tiller’s purposeful content division, TIROTA, will option the screenplay inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King’s Chicago civil rights crusade during the summer of 1966.
Tiller was recently recognized by PR News as a CSR A-List Awards finalist. PR News’ article about the award ceremony highlights CEO Rob Densen’s acceptance speech prelude about his experience on 9/11.
Americans are eager for Hollywood to produce more purpose-driven entertainment, especially when it provides information on the underlying issue and opportunities to take action, according to public opinion research from TIROTA, a just-announced partnership that adds critical new capabilities to the Tiller offering.
Tiller is thrilled to announce the launch of TIROTA, a new marketing communications partnership designed to enhance the societal impact and bottom-line success of issue-focused motion picture, TV, streaming and music content.
David Schonfeld, MD, Director of USC’s National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, discusses how schools can better support grieving students in their communities.
Chamber Business News announces the Wellcare Community Foundation’s commitment to improving educational support for Arizona’s foster children through a new partnership with First Star, Inc.
Inside Philanthropy profiles New York Life’s innovative Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative.
Leading foster care attorney and advocate Jay Deratany argues that while “Instant Family” casts an important light on the critical issue of foster care, there is an urgent need to address – and fix – the darker realities of America’s broken foster care system.
New York Life’s Heather Nesle and Mark Madgett describe the company’s groundbreaking initiative to help schools across the country take steps to become more attuned and responsive to the grieving students in their midst.