“American Companies Give Back” is a new video series produced by Emmy award-winning husband and wife production team, Steve Wynn and Joanie Burton Wynn. Everyone involved with the project is donating their time. Seattle production company Bayside Entertainment is contributing video editing services for the production. Each week, the series of short videos features a different US-based company and highlights its commitment to giving back.
American Companies Give Back: Kiva
For instance, this week’s episode features KIVA, a micro-lending platform offering financial relief to small businesses throughout the U.S. and worldwide. Series host Ken Bastida interviewed Rohit Agarwal, Head of KIVA US.
“We’re a non-profit that seeks to distribute affordable capital around the world. We offer zero fees, zero interest loans. Our corporate sponsors are absolutely critical to Kiva delivering on its mission.”Rohit Agarwal, Head of Kiva US
Kiva Support US Small Business Owners
Kiva recently launched a global fund that aims to raise $50 million dollars for American small businesses affected by the pandemic. Corporate partners contributing to the fund include eBay and Hitachi . The fund is working to support marginalized small businesses and communities during this time – especially minority and female-led businesses affected by the pandemic.
Actress Sofia Vergara, a longtime Kiva partner helped to promote the effort as well, using her star power to raise awareness.
Video series executive producer Joanie Wynn was pleased to share the Kiva story.
“I was familiar with Kiva’s international work and it was wonderful to share a story about support for US-based businesses who are struggling at this time. The story aligned perfectly with our video series goal because it exemplifies the spirit of corporate giving.”Joanie Burton Wynn, Executive Producer, Bayside Entertainment
Video Production’s Ripple Effect
One featured story in the Kiva segment is Oklahoma Distilling Company in Tulsa. Owner Hunter Gambill was able to use the fifteen-thousand-dollar Kiva loan to give back to his local community. As a result, he was able to ramp up the production of hand sanitizer and donated it to local first responders and the medical community.
Bayside Entertainment’s Head of Production Steve Wynn commented,
“This is a perfect example of the ripple effect that comes from companies doing good. The corporate partners that donated to this fund benefitted small companies downstream, many of which used the money in positive ways to support their employees and local communities. In turn, we hope that by sharing these stories, the video production itself will create a ripple effect, inspiring others to give back.”Steve Wynn, Head of Production, Bayside Entertainment
A Virtual Video Production
The virtually-produced video production features original Zoom interviews and footage provided by the featured companies. Each segment is about 5 minutes long. Bayside Entertainment coordinated the Kiva story with Hotwire Global, also a client of the production company.
Last week, the video series featured Credo, a clean beauty company based in San Francisco. A portion of every Credo purchase is donated to their non-profit partner Lipstick Angels which provides cancer patients with free spa-like pampering while they are undergoing chemotherapy treatment. If you missed this heartwarming video segment, please take a few minutes to view it here:
A New Uplifting Video Story Each Week
New segments of “American Companies Give Back” are released each Friday. Upcoming segments include companies like Flir, MyndVR and Afar. Each video story focuses on the ways these American companies have committed to giving back. The “good news” clips are shared by Bayside Entertainment’s YouTube and Facebook channels. The videos are also shared on new streaming service IgnyteTV.