What is CCOI?
The United Nations Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI) seeks to help film and television professionals shine a light on the people and the issues that matter. It is the first point of entry in the UN for the international entertainment industry. Run by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), the Initiative provides film, new media, television, and documentary professionals around the world with access to information about the work of the UN and its priority issues.
CCOI, which acts as a liaison between the UN and studios, producers, directors, writers and other content creators, can assist the creative community by:
facilitating filming at UN locations
acting as a clearinghouse for legal issues, including use of the UN name and emblem
providing access to UN experts on global issues – including peace and security, human rights, the environment, gender equality and development
facilitating access to the extensive collection of UN archival film and photos
advising on script authenticity as it pertains to the work of the UN and its issues
assisting with research on UN issues and storylines
Among the projects facilitated by CCOI was the filming of The Interpreter at UN Headquarters in New York in 2005, the first time the world body opened its doors to a movie production. It has also collaborated with the television shows Ugly Betty, Law and Order: SVU and Master Chef Australia, among others.
CCOI also collaborated with the Sci Fi Channel to celebrate the finale of Battlestar Galactica at the UN, through a series of screenings and panel discussions. This first-of-its-kind event featured the show’s stars and writers, who joined UN officials to debate themes the show and the Organization have in common. Among the themes of importance to both the UN and the show were human rights, terrorism, children and armed conflict, and reconciliation and dialogue among civilizations and faiths.
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