Foundation E is a 501(c)3 nonprofit harnessing the power and influence of media and education to change the world.


We believe in the power of...

Education + Entertainment = Effective Global Impact

Foundation E develops and produces Film + TV + Short Content + Immersive Experiences + XR tackling the social issues of our time. 


Foundation E creates high-touch, innovative programmatic work that is the impetus for the development and execution of our impact-driven media content.



Foundation E's film/television/short content projects and immersive experiences educate the public on topics beneficial to the community and the world at large; through stories focused on social, cultural, environmental, climate and economic injustices, stories by and about people and topics that are underrepresented or misrepresented, and stories aimed at provoking thought and affecting change. 

A social impact campaign is specifically designed for every Foundation E project/immersive experience to further our impact and advocacy mission.  Foundation E identifies avenues to raise awareness and provide additional education to the public on the social cause addressed by the project, further public conversation on such social cause, raise funding to provide resources and affect change, leverage our A-list celebrity/influencer involvement, and incentivize the community to become active in addressing and participating in solutions. 

In furtherance of our impact and advocacy focus, Foundation E employs, mentors and empowers those who are underserved, underrepresented and disadvantaged.

Foundation E is committed to justice, diversity, inclusion, equity and equality through our programmatic work.                Our Global Girl Impact program is focused on empowering, equipping and educating black and brown girls from marginilized communities

Global Empowerment and Love
Youth Education and Empowerment
Girls Education
Impact-Driven Media, Film, TV



Shani Pride

Founder | CEO
  • The impetus of my journey began 20 years ago when I fully
    realized the power and influence of media and education.

  • I attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
    as a theater major, then continued on to UCLA Theater
    School.  I was a working actor in commercially successful
    films and television shows, but something was missing.  I
    needed more.  I began producing projects that were rooted
    in social impact.  My first project was a film about the child
    solider crisis in Northern Uganda and South Sudan.  That’s
    when it clicked, and I became dedicated to being an
    impact-focused actor, producer, screenwriter, and

    entrepreneur.  Currently, I am in development on projects informed by class, race and gender inequality.

  • My passion for helping others also dates back 20+ years.  I've volunteered countless hours to create programming and mentor youth within successful nonprofits- including GIRLS Inc, A Place Called Home, and The Art of Elysium.

  • Formerly, I was founder and CEO of The Hollywood Inside
    Edge, which empowered and equipped artists globally.

  • It is the intersection of Media, Education, and Social Impact
    that drives me.

Neil Sacker 

Lead Counsel and Advisor

Manatt Law Firm partner and entertainment industry veteran,  Sacker serves as counsel and advisor to distinguished financiers, distributors  and producers in the entertainment industry.  Sacker’s career icludes business and legal leadership at highly successful and influential studios; including Warner Bros., Miramax Films, Dimension Films, the Yari Film Group, and The Film Department.

Sacker earned his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.A. from Cornell University, graduating magna cum laude. 

Maha Dakhil 

Advisory Board

Creative Artists Agency (CAA) agent and Time’s Up co-founder.  Dakhil’s clients include Reese Witherspoon, Ava Duvernay, Steven Spielberg, Natalie Portman, Tom Cruise, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Daniel Kaluuya, Mindy Kaling, Steve McQueen and Sam Mendes.  CAA represents many of the most successful professionals working in film, television, music, theater, video games, sports and digital content, and provides strategic marketing and consulting services to corporate clients. 


Dakhil is a CAA Board Member and she holds a degree in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Andi Gitow

Advisory Board

On special assignment from the United Nations, working as Director of Strategy, Partnerships, and Media Production at Steven Spielberg’s USC Shoah Foundation.  Formally the Deputy Director of the United Nations representative office in Washington D.C.  Worked at the UN Headquarters as Head of Global Campaigns, Films and Special Projects, as Acting Chief of Partnerships in the UN’s Global Communications Division, and also served as Executive Producer in the UN News and Media Division.

Gitow holds an undergraduate and Master’s Degree from Columbia University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Philip Fier 

Chief Financial Officer

Principal at Focus Advisory Services, Fier has provided strategic direction and project management for influential media players.  He previously served as Senior Vice President at Sony Pictures and as VP and CFO at 20th Century Fox International.  Fier has structured deals with top producers; including Revolution Studios, Lucasfilm, MGM and New Regency.

A graduate of Middlebury College, Fier obtained his Master’s Degree in International Finance from Columbia University.



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