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Netflix thanks Woodland Hills for hospitality with donations to Family Links, Gwen's Girls


Netflix location manager Shauna McInnes presents Dr. Daniel Castagna with donations to two local non-profits
Andrew Chiappazzi

Over the summer, Netflix used facilities at the Woodland Hills central administration building as a hub while it filmed a new movie nearby. During the September legislative board meeting, Netflix thanked the district for its hospitality by making donations to two organizations that provide services to district students and families.

Shauna McInnes, an assistant location manager for Netflix, handed out checks of $2,500 apiece to Family Links and Gwen's Girls on behalf of the district. Woodland Hills School District superintendent Dr. Daniel Castagna accepted the donation on behalf of the organizations. Dr. Castagna noted that Woodland Hills School District school directors Mr. Robert Clanagan-Bey and Ms. Darnika Reed have worked with Family Links and that both organizations provide a wealth of important services to district families and students.

Family Links provides behavioral health and youth and family services to the region, including outpatient mental health services, drug and alcohol counseling, and more. Gwen's Girls provides after school, summer and social skills programming particularly for girls in low-income families, who are statistically more likely to encounter physical, emotional and behavioral hurdles.

Netflix worked with Woodland Hills Director of Facilities Mr. Robert Finney to arrange the use of district facilities for its production.

Netflix utilized space from August 16 through August 18 at the central administration building and the parking lot, along with space provided by the Heritage Community Initiative, while it filmed scenes from the upcoming movie "The Deliverance" at the historic Charles Schwab House next door. The production also filmed at the Schleifer Funeral Home across the street.

"The Deliverance" is directed by Lee Daniels ("The Butler") and stars Andra Day, Glenn Close, Mo'Nique, and Omar Epps. According to Netflix, "Inspired by a true story, struggling single mom Ebony Jackson (Day) moves her mother and children into a new home, hoping for a fresh start. The move is anything but a housewarming, however. When the family begins to experience demonic occurrences, Ebony finds herself in a spiritual battle between her faith, her life and the souls of her children — a battle that could have deadly consequences for all of them."

School board director Ms. Darnika Reed, Netflix assistant location manager Ms. Shauna McIness, superintendent Dr. Daniel Castagna and school board director Mr. Robert Clanagan-Bey pose after Netflix made a donation to local programs on behalf of the district