As Protests Continue, Bad Robot, A24, and the Cast of ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Donate and Pledge Money

Case in point: one of the funniest shows on TV right now is   Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a series set entirely within a police precinct. The first step. Abrams Family Foundation have pledged $10 million to organizations and efforts committed to anti-racist agendas. You can see their statement below. Including a cast reunion and reading coming soon. pic.twitter.com/39Y6XPz3D7
— A24 (@A24) May 31, 2020

As A24 says in the note above, “our current moment demands more than a glib statement of solidarity with those doing the work.” Yesterday, A24 followed up with a new statement pledging a donation of “$500K to organizations invested in ending police brutality and in the greater fight for the liberation, health and wellness of Black people nationally and in…NYC.” They also provided a list of the organizations, which you can see below. https://t.co/acA0n5LenU
— Richard Schiff (@Richard_Schiff) June 3, 2020 The United States is going on over a full week of mass protests following the murder of George Floyd, as well as several other Black individuals, at the hands of police, and Hollywood is taking note. I am working with my cast mates from The West Wing for these purposes. “Together we have made a $100,000 donation to the National Bail Fund Network.”

#JusticeForGeorgeFloyd https://t.co/mwCLtdpW0p pic.twitter.com/Z8HRCTvZD3
— Dan Goor (@djgoor) June 3, 2020

Piggy-backing off of that,   The West Wing cast member   Richard Schiff, who played the frequently morose   White House Communications Director on the Aaron Sorkin series, stated that he was speaking with his former cast members about pledging a similar donation – and that donation might come with a cast reunion and reading. “The cast and showrunner of   Brooklyn 99   condemn the murder of George Floyd and support the many people who are protesting police brutality nationally,” the statement reads. I hope it makes a difference. The cast and creator of the hit series realize that their fictional cops exist in an idealized world, but since we’re all stuck in the real world, the   Brooklyn crew has decided to pledge money to the   National Bail Fund Network. The majority of the cast took to Twitter to share the same statement, which you can see below, courtesy of creator Dan Goor. Silence is not an option. On May 31, popular indie movie distributor A24 released the following statement:

We have been silent. Good for Brooklyn 99. (…)#BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/3w7rEeUsZB
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) June 1, 2020

Hollywood has a long history of portraying the police in a rosy light. Bad Robot and Katie McGrath and J.J. Abrams Family Foundation have vowed to pledge $2 million annually over five years, resulting in $10 million total, to   organizations and efforts committed to anti-racist agendas. pic.twitter.com/BPPlFOIncZ
— A24 (@A24) June 2, 2020

A24 isn’t the only big name pledging money. The cops on   Brooklyn Nine-Nine are goofy, silly, and – perhaps most unbelievable of all, especially these days – socially aware. Meanwhile, Bad Robot and the   Katie McGrath and J.J. Posted on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 by Chris Evangelista

As protests continued across every state in the nation, some people in the film and TV world decided to use their privilege for a good cause. Indie distributor A24 released a list of worthwhile organizations they’ve donated to while the cast and creator of   Brooklyn Nine-Nine donated $100,000 to the National Bail Fund Network. We at Bad Robot are grateful to the many scholars, activists, organizers and leaders fighting on the frontlines of change in our systemically unjust country.