Steve Tisch gives $10 million to Tel Aviv University for film and TV

Anthony Weiss

(JTA) — Producer, New York Giants co-owner, and philanthropic scion Steve Tisch has donated $10 million to Tel Aviv University to create a film and television school.

Tisch’s gift, which was first reported by Variety on March 5, allows TAU’s well-respected Department of Film and Television to expand from a department to a film school, which will be called the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television.

Tisch told Variety that he was inspired to make the gift after serving as the honorary chair in 2014 for the Tel Aviv Student Film Festival.

Previous film and television graduates of the program at Tel Aviv University include Oscar nominee Ari Folman, “Homeland” creator Gideon Raff, and Hagai Levy, who co-created “In Treatment” and “The Affair.”

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Tisch himself is an Oscar-winner, as one of the producers of “Forrest Gump,” and he has also produced other hits such as “Risky Business” and “American History X.” He has also won two Super Bowl rings as the chairman and co-owner of the New York Giants football team.

He is a scion of the Tisch family, which co-founded and still runs the Loews Corporation conglomerate, and which has been known for its generosity to both Jewish and secular causes. New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts is names for Steve Tisch’s father and uncle, Preston Robert Tisch and Laurence Tisch, respectively, who endowed the school in the 1980s, and his first cousin, James Tisch, is currently the CEO of Loews.