OPERATION CHANGE Reception and Screening with Elton John & David Furnish


Starkey Hearing Foundation hosted a special For Your Consideration EMMY reception and screening of OPERATION CHANGE on Thursday, April 23rd at Zanuck Theatre at FOX Studios with special guest appearances by Sir Elton John, David Furnish, William Austin (Founder, Starkey Hearing Foundation), Tani Austin (Co-Founder, Starkey Hearing Foundation), and Steven Sawalich (President of Articulus Entertainment, Executive Producer and Creator, OPERATION CHANGE).


What began as one family’s mission to bring the gift of hearing to people throughout the world, OPERATION CHANGE has become a global movement with the goal of inspiring people to take action to help build a better world while they showcase positive stories in negatively perceived areas.

A 10-part documentary series on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, OPERATON CHANGE follows President Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Sir Elton John, David Furnish, Donna Karan, Maria Bello, Sir Richard Branson and others as they travel the globe, on behalf of Starkey Hearing Foundation and other organizations, to work with local heroes who are changing lives around the world.

The screening featured the season’s final episode “Papua New Guinea,” in which the team travels into a jungle to help a village plagued by tribal warfare fueled by the drug trade. To watch this episode, check it out below:

Following the screening, Executive Editor of The Hollywood Reporter Matthew Belloni moderated a panel Q&A with David Furnish, Founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation William Austin, Co-Founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation Tani Austin, Executive Producer and Creator Steven Sawalich, Executive Producer Teri Weinberg, Executive Producer Natalee Watts and Co-Executive Producer Melinda Cea.

Images via Starkey Hearing Foundation

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