American Filmmaker Donates $10 Million to Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv University has announced a $10 million gift from Academy Award-winning film producer Steve Tisch in support of its Department of Film and Television.

The gift will be used to elevate the department to a school — to be named the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television — and attract top-level talent, increase funding for scholarships, enhance the curriculum, and help foster international collaborations. Ranked among the top fifteen film programs in the world, the department has graduated many renowned filmmakers and film scholars, including Oscar-nominated directors Ari Folman (Waltz With Bashir), Yaron Shani (Ajami), and Dror Moreh (The Gatekeepers).

"We are now in the midst of major changes in the aesthetics of moving images and in the ways in which films and television programs are made, distributed, and consumed," said department head Yaron Bloch. "Our students, graduates, and faculty are at the forefront of these trends and are exploring emerging possibilities in their artistic work and academic research. Steve Tisch's contribution will make it possible to extend their impact and success both locally and internationally."

A partner at Escape Artists Productions and co-owner, chair, and executive vice president of the New York Giants, Tisch served as the first honorary chair of the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival at TAU in 2014. "The ability to tell stories is critical to increasing dialogue and understanding, something the world is certainly in need of," he said. "Tel Aviv University is at the forefront of nurturing and growing creative, talented and diverse voices from across Israel and the region. I'm very pleased to support their efforts and honored by their recognition."

"Steve Tisch Makes Transformative $10M Gift to TAU’s Renowned Department of Film and Television." American Friends of Tel Aviv University Press Release 03/05/2015.