Geena Davis is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, appearing in several roles that became cultural landmarks. In 1989, Davis received the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress in “The Accidental Tourist” and earned the 2006 Golden Globe Award® for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama,, breaking ground in her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in ABC’s hit show “Commander in Chief.”
Davis is recognized for her tireless efforts on behalf of women and girls nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is the Founder and Chair of the nonprofit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount St. Mary’s College, the only research-based organization working with media and entertainment companies to engage, educate and influence the need for gender balance by reducing stereotyping and creating a diverse and inclusive range of female characters for entertainment targeting children 11 and under.
Davis was appointed Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT for the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is also an official partner of UN Women, working toward their goal of promoting gender equality and empowering women worldwide. Davis is the Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women.
Prior to founding ARC Entertainment, Mr. Drinkwater had a successful career with large consumer products companies including Nestle, Warner Bros. and Take 2 Interactive. Mr. Drinkwater started his sales career at Nestle Foods and quickly progressed to become the youngest General Manager in the history of the company. After Nestle, he joined Warner Bros. which introduced him to entertainment products and content development. After a five year stint at Warners, Mr. Drinkwater joined Take 2 Interactive, a leading video game publisher, as COO, North America. Mr. Drinkwater decided to become an entrepreneur in mid- 2004, which led him to Genius Products, Inc., where he was later named President and CEO. Shortly thereafter, Genius became the exclusive Home Entertainment distributor in the US for The Weinstein Company. Mr. Drinkwater and his team secured distribution agreements with an impressive client base including, among others, WWE, Discovery Channel, Sesame Workshop, ESPN and Classic Media.
Academy Award® winning actor Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment launch Bentonville Film Festival with founding sponsor Walmart and presenting sponsor Coca-Cola