The Motion Picture & Television Fund’s longtime motto has been: “We Take Care of Our Own.” As of July 18, it looks like “our own” are going swimming.
The MP&TF showed off the Woodland Hills campus’ new $20 million Saban Center for Health and Wellness, a central feature of which is a 60-by-30-foot indoor pool donated by Jodie Foster. The new facility is a cornerstone of the org’s push toward preventive care.
The reason the MP&TF went for the fitness facility, said foundation chair Jeffrey Katzenberg, “is keeping the elderly physically active — as I continue to demonstrate — is extremely important.”
Dr. Cheryl Saban, who was at the opening with husband Haim, said the couple decided to donate to the MP&TF rather than other industry nonprofits because “this speaks to the quality of people’s lives, not just the careers they’ve chosen.”
The center’s opening featured remarks from the MP&TF’s Dr. David Tillman, Foster, Katzenberg, Dr. Saban and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who gave his speech in English, and then in Spanish after noting “that Univision is here.”
More than just a TV crew was on hand: In 2006, Haim Saban led an investor group that bought the Hispanic broadcaster for $12.3 billion.