A+E Networks has launched a cross-platform campaign intended to amplify the voices of those making impactful societal changes in their communities.
The initiative, called ‘Voices Magnified’, will set out to develop thought-provoking specials and a short-form series that shines a light on timely conversations around equality and social reform.
“We are proud to launch the ‘Voices Magnified’ campaign to elevate the stories of those pursuing solutions to the critical issues of our time,” said Robert Sharenow, president of programming at A+E Networks, in a statement. “Through long-form and short-form programming, PSAs and partnerships, we are committed to using our platforms to shine a light on the diverse people and organizations who are bringing communities together, confronting challenges and inspiring change.”
As such, Voices Magnified: Policing in America will mark the first special to launch under the banner.
Narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix), the hour-long film will explore how states can effectively reform police departments to ensure the safety of every American life.
Produced by ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions and directed by Fatima Curry, the one-off will set out to understand why Americans have poured into the streets in the midst of a global pandemic to protest police brutality and demand racial justice following the high-profile deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and scores of others.
Voices Magnified: Policing in America will also track how the city of Los Angeles is working to address the historically strained relationship between its residents of color and law enforcement officials.
Multiple perspectives will be featured throughout the special, from the likes of community leaders, activists, law enforcement officials, grieving families and victims of police brutality.
The special is executive produced by Lincoln Square’s Curry and Jeanmarie Condon, alongside Fishburne and Helen Sugland for Cinema Gypsy Productions.
Brie Miranda Bryant and Sharon Scott executive produce for A&E.
Voices Magnified: Policing in America will broadcast Aug. 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.
A&E will additionally support its Voices Magnified initiative by broadcasting short-form content that spotlights individuals who are “finding solutions to social justice issues, working to bring communities together, confronting difficult challenges and inspiring change.”
The flagship network will also provide support to non-profit organizations working to fight for social justice. A&E will offer support to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund via law scholarships for those seeking careers as public interest and civil rights attorneys, and to the George Perry Floyd, Jr. Scholarship for Racial and Social Justice at Santa Monica College, which provides two-year endowed scholarship awards to selected students of African descent. Further support will be provided to the National Women’s Law Center.