Viola Davis, Julius Tennon to Executive Produce Special About Effecting Change at U.S. High Schools
Viola Davis and Julius Tennon will executive produce a special aimed at inspiring the public "to help rethink the future of American high schools" in order to help better prepare students for their futures and the future of the nation.
The hourlong special, EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live, will air live from Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET (tape-delayed on the West Coast) on Friday, Sept. 8, on the Big Four networks: ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC.
The announcement was made Friday by XQ Institute, a group of students, parents, educators and more who are working toward improving the American high school system, and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, which generates awareness and funds for health, educational and social issues, including the Stand Up to Cancer initiative.
In addition to Davis — an Emmy nominee this year for How to Get Away With Murder — and her husband, the star-studded event will be produced by Done + Dusted and directed by Hamish Hamilton. It will feature live musical performances, comedic sketches, documentary segments and more as it aims to "challenge viewers to understand that rethinking high school education is crucial for the future of our country."
"We are excited to team up with EIF and XQ Institute to help bring awareness to the issue of high school education and ensure that our students are receiving an education that prepares them for the future," Davis and Tennon said in a joint statement. "As executive producers of this live special, we are honored to work alongside some incredible names in the entertainment and education space."
The event, which will be broadcast live from Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, will show how educators, parents, school administrators, entrepreneurs, business leaders and students can influence change and offer insight for viewers about how they can effect change in their own communities.
"We are thrilled to be working with XQ Institute and EIF, as well as Viola and Julius, on such an incredible and powerful production,” said Hamilton, director and executive producer at Done + Dusted. "It's a high honor and great privilege to work on a star-studded show that will challenge the public to reimagine what's possible when it comes to the education of our young people."