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Barry Diller Gives $30 Million to Motion Picture & Television Fund

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 5, 2012 at 1:52PM

Barry Diller Gives $30 Million to Motion Picture & Television Fund

Motion Picture & Television Fund member George Clooney has announced that Barry Diller and family have donated a $30-million legacy gift to the MPTF campaign.

The three-year campaign, with a goal of $350 million, is led by Diller's old Paramount cohort Jeffrey Katzenberg. The funds will be used to support charitable programs and services provided to thousands of individuals in the entertainment industry who rely on the MPTF for health and social services, child and retirement care. Clooney states: “It is estimated that over 75,000 industry members will be retiring over the next ten years and this Campaign will help insure that MPTF will remain a vital part of the safety net of care for our industry at a time that state and federal programs are coming under such great stress.”

Diller states: “Seems impossible to me to have had success in the entertainment industry and not strongly support the MPTF. I’m just glad and happy to be able to do so.”

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.