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George Clooney, Matt Damon, Alfonso Cuarón, Ava Duvernay, Jane Fonda, Regina King, Artists And Changemakers Honor Participant’s Legacy With Open Letter To Hollywood

LOS ANGELES — MAY 7, 2024 —  Today, the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), the leading voice for dignity and fairness for millions of domestic workers across the country, in partnership with filmmakers and changemakers across fields of advocacy and entertainment released an open letter to the entertainment industry signed by 120 leading actors, directors, advocates, and nonprofit organizations calling on Hollywood to prioritize social impact in the wake of film and television production company Participant’s closure. Signatories include George Clooney, Matt Damon, Alfonso Cuarón, Jane Fonda, Ava Duvernay, Regina King, Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, Michael Keaton, Diego Luna, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Mann, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Destin Daniel Cretton, Shaka King, Vera Farmiga, Davis Guggenheim, David Oyelowo, Martin Sheen, Gabriela Cowperthwaite, and Joshua Oppenheimer, as well as advocates and organizers Ai-jen Poo, #MeToo leader Tarana Burke, Civil Rights Lawyer Bryan Stevenson, Color of Change President Rashad Robinson, and more. 

On April 16, 2024, Participant announced it is shutting down after 20 years of social impact filmmaking. The company partnered with leading artists, changemakers and distributors to create stories and campaigns that not only garnered numerous Academy Awards and Emmys, but led to real-world social change on many of the most urgent and important issues of our time. The letter rallies key voices in the worlds of film, television and advocacy together under the banner of social impact storytelling and invites others in the entertainment industry to join in building on Participant’s legacy. 

“As we say goodbye to Participant, we must underscore that values-based storytelling is needed now more than ever,” the letter states. “There is a whole ecosystem of people, connected by the work of the last 20 years of Participant, ready to work with you.” 

The National Domestic Workers Alliance worked alongside Participant and Alfonso Cuarón for the Oscar-winning film “Roma” to increase the visibility and value of domestic work and uplift the voices of domestic workers. The campaign helped catalyze a renewed cultural conversation about the rights of domestic workers in the United States and Mexico and resulted in the first introduction of the National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights into Congress, which will be imminently re-introduced and continues to garner support and momentum. 

“The stories we tell in Hollywood reflect or shape the lives of so many people around the country,” actor/producer Regina King said. “I wanted to tell Shirley Chisolm’s story for more than a decade because she embodied the Black women who do the important, hard work in the background and whose work is often overlooked. With “Shirley,” Participant gave her story – and mine – space to be seen.” 

“Participant’s model of filmmaking and partnerships showed us the power of storytelling to open our hearts and inspire action in times of change and uncertainty. ” National Domestic Workers Alliance President Ai-jen Poo said. “The open letter is a re-commitment to this work, and an invitation to others to join us in harnessing the power of art to change the world.” 

Here is a full list of the letter’s signatories: 

Cristela Alonzo

Courtney Andrialis-Vincent

Yalitza Aparicio

Rosanna Arquette

Riz Ahmed 

AV Squad

Justin Baldoni

John Battsek

J.A. Bayona

LaTosha Brown, Black Voters Matter

Scott Budnick, The Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) and 1Community

Tarana Burke, Me Too Movement

Sophia Bush

CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment)

Caring Across Generations

Linda Yvette Chávez

Don Cheadle

George Clooney

Julie Cohen

Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Julie Ann Crommett, Collective Moxie

Alfonso Cuarón

Alan Cumming

Richard Curtis

Matt Damon

Destin Daniel Cretton

Viola Davis

Heino Deckert

Define American

Juan Devis

June Diane Raphael

Daveed Diggs

Abigail Disney

Mark Duplass

Ava DuVernay

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Enfield Road

Brandee Evans

Evotion Media

Vera Farmiga

Jane Fonda

DeVon Franklin

Geena Davis Institute

Anna Gerb


Gold House

Goldcrest Films

Yoni Golijov

Good Energy

Fatima Goss Graves, National Women’s Law Center

Clark Gregg

Davis Guggenheim

Mark Hamill

Ed Harris

Crystal Echo Hawk, IllumiNative

Jamey Heath

Matthew Heineman

Dr. Alisha Hines, The Center for Scholars & Storytellers at UCLA

Louise Hogarth



In Creative Company

Alejandro G. Iñarritu

Maikiko James, Women in Film

Steve James

Raquel Jaramillo

Michael Keaton

Daniel Dae Kim

Regina King

Shaka King

Elba Luis Lugo

Diego Luna


Michael Mann

Stephanie Marin

Neyda Martinez, THE NEW SCHOOL

Paola Mendoza

Alyssa Milano

Andria Wilson Mirza, Women in Film

National Domestic Workers Alliance

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT)

Yvette Nicole Brown

Sue Obeidi, Muslim Public Affairs Council Hollywood Bureau

Joshua Oppenheimer

Anshantia Oso, BLD PWR/BLD PWR Productions

David Oyelowo

Piper Perabo

Pierpoline Films

Pillars Fund

Laura Poitras

Ai-jen Poo, The National Domestic Workers Alliance & Caring Across Generations

Pop Culture Collaborative


Dawn Porter

Mónica Ramírez, Justice for Migrant Women & The Latinx House

Jonas Poher Rasmussen

Rashad Robinson, Color of Change

Jess Morales Rocketto, Equis Institute

Anthony D. Romero, American Civil Liberties Union

Audrey Rosenberg

Yvonne Russo

Kendrick Sampson, BLD PWR/BLD PWR Productions

Liz Sargent

Steve Sarowitz

Vicki Shabo, New America Better Life Lab’s Entertainment Initiative

Martin Sheen

Octavia Spencer

Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative

Storyline Partners


The League

Baratunde Thurston

Yalda T. Uhls, The Center for Scholars & Storytellers at UCLA

USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center

Christine Vachon

Gloria Walton, The Solutions Project

Kerry Washington

Betsy West

Women in Animation (WIA)

Sophie Yan, Everytown for Gun Safety


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National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the leading voice for dignity and fairness for millions of domestic workers in the United States. Founded in 2007, NDWA works for respect, recognition and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers, the majority of whom are immigrants and women of color. NDWA is powered by over 70 affiliate organizations and local chapters and by a growing membership base of nannies, house cleaners and care workers in over 20 states. Learn more at NDWA is a non-partisan non-profit organization that does not endorse, support, or oppose any candidates for public office.