Move over, Hollywood. The latest sign of Philadelphia’s growing importance to the entertainment industry is the announcement by Steven Spielberg that he is moving the annual dinner for his University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Institute from Los Angeles to Philly.
This is only the second time since the establishment of the Shoah Foundation in 1994 that the dinner has even been held outside of L.A.
Founded by Spielberg after he filmed “Schindler’s List” to collect and preserve the testimonies of survivors of concentration camps, the foundation will award Comcast CEO Brian Roberts with their highest honor, Ambassador for Humanity, at the dinner on May 9.
Spielberg is excited about partnering with Comcast in a new initiative that will bring 10 award-winning films about the Holocaust to viewers: Comcast will make available the “Days of Remembrance” series through On Demand and Xfinity — for free through May 25. “The Last Days,” which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1998, is also included in the package.
“As we commemorate the Holocaust and honor the survivors during the Days of Remembrance, we hope that by sharing these films and firsthand accounts, these eyewitnesses to history will serve as teachers for future generations,” said Spielberg through a spokesperson.