HBO Exec, Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Join “6 Certified” Review Committee
LOS ANGELES (Sept. 12, 2016) – The veteran empowerment campaign Got Your 6 today welcomed new members to its “6 Certified” Review Committee, subject matter experts charged with evaluating film and television projects that accurately and responsibly portray veterans and military families. New committee members include Amy Gravitt, executive vice president of HBO Programming, and Bonnie Carroll, 2015 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
“Across the country, veterans are leading a resurgence of community and it’s exciting that content producers in Hollywood and beyond are crafting a new, accurate narrative around our vets,” said Bill Rausch, Iraq War veteran and executive director of Got Your 6. “We’re thrilled that these veteran community leaders are joining the ‘6 Certified’ Review Committee as we work to highlight film and television projects that portray veterans reasonably and accurately.”
In early 2015, at an event featuring First Lady Michelle Obama, Got Your 6 launched the “6 Certified” initiative as a way to challenge industry executives and content creators to craft more thoughtful narratives around veterans and military families. Since the initial launch, projects such as Fox’s “Gotham,” FX’s “Fargo,” Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World,” NBC’s “The Night Shift,” and ABC’s “Modern Family” have all received “6 Certified” designations.
The new members of the “6 Certified” Review Committee include:
Bonnie Carroll, president and founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Carroll is a 2015 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She is a military veteran, the surviving spouse of the Brigadier General Tom Carroll, a former staffer in the Reagan and Bush White Houses, and the president and founder TAPS, the leading national military service organization providing compassionate care, casework assistance, and 24/7/365 emotional support for all those impacted by the death of a military loved one. Carroll founded TAPS following the death of her husband in an Army C-12 plane crash on Nov. 12, 1992.
Amy Gravitt, executive vice president, HBO Programming, for Home Box Office. Gravitt is responsible for developing and overseeing the production of original comedy series, including Silicon Valley, VEEP, Vice Principals, Insecure, Divorce, and the upcoming seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm. She also oversaw the hit series Eastbound and Down as well as Entourage, Extras, Flight of the Conchords, and Summer Heights High. Prior to HBO, she spent several years in the U.S. Navy, rising to the rank of lieutenant.
Tim Norman, director of human resources, DreamWorks Animation. Norman is a U.S Army airborne infantry veteran of the Gulf War where he served with F Company, 51st Infantry Long Range Surveillance (LRSU). Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, he was the director of recruiting for iFilm.com and the director of human resources for Academy Award winning composer Hans Zimmer and his group of media and music companies. Norman is a Board of Directors Emeritus for Veterans in Film & Television and a human resources advisory council member for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s 10,000 Strong Veterans Hiring Initiative.
Sarah Serrano, manager of Veterans in Film & Television (VFT). Serrano served honorably in the United States Marine Corps, earning three meritorious promotions, and achieving prestigious personal awards, such as the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. In May 2014 she began volunteering as VFT’s director of social media, and in Jan. 2015 she was offered an official position as VFT manager. She also works as a writer and a fitness nutrition-certified spokes-model while she studies new media and digital journalism.
Seth Smith, director of campaigns and programming for Participant Media. Smith is a U.S. Navy veteran of OEF and OIF where he served for six years as a linguist, cryptologist, and airborne mission supervisor. Prior to joining Participant Media, he worked on brand marketing at Guggenheim Partners, advocated for military veterans and their families in Washington, D.C. with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, researched WMD-nonproliferation strategies at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies as a Scoville Peace Fellow, and trained government officials on their way to the Persian Gulf.
They join existing review committee members Bruce Cohen, producer of “American Beauty” and “Silver Linings Playbook”; Greg Silverman, president, creative development and worldwide production, Warner Bros. Pictures; Charlie Ebersol, chairman and founder of The Company; and Bill Rausch, executive director of Got Your 6.
Got Your 6 is currently accepting applications for “6 Certified” projects here. To become “6 Certified,” a project must contain a representative and balanced depiction of veterans and fulfill at least one of the following pledges:
DO YOUR HOMEWORK
Research or consult with real veterans, family members, or subject matter experts in an effort to create accurate representations
CAST A VETERAN
Hire a veteran actor to play a substantial role
HIRE A VETERAN WRITER
Employ a veteran writer to contribute to the narrative
PORTRAY A VETERAN CHARACTER
Develop a multi-dimensional veteran character
TELL A VETERAN STORY
Develop a narrative with meaningful and accurate veteran themes
USE VETERANS AS RESOURCES ON SET OR IN WRITERS’ ROOMS
Have veterans present for consultation throughout the filmmaking process
About Got Your 6
Got Your 6 is a campaign that unites nonprofit, Hollywood, and government partners. Got Your 6 believes that veterans are leaders, team builders and problem solvers who have the unique potential to strengthen communities across the country. As a coalition, Got Your 6 works to integrate these perspectives into popular culture, engage veterans and civilians together to foster understanding, and empower veterans to lead in their communities. For more information, visit gotyour6.org. Be the Change, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is the organizing body of Got Your 6.