REALITY TV COMMUNITY RAISES FUNDS FOR HEALTHCARE SERVICES AT SABAN COMMUNITY CLINIC’S “LET’S GET REAL” EVENT HONORING PRODUCER JONATHAN KOCH
Koch’s Personal Medical Feat Drives Fundraiser Benefitting Underserved Patients
LOS ANGELES, Calif., June 5, 2018 – Saban Community Clinic honored TV producer Jonathan Koch, President and Chief Creative Officer of Asylum Entertainment, for his professional and philanthropic leadership at its 3rd annual ‘Let’s Get Real’ event at the Jonathan Club in Santa Monica, Calif. The event also featured a special performance by Grammy-nominated, singer-songwriter Jewel. Koch was the executive producer of the Lifetime TV movie “Ring of Fire,” in which the singer portrays June Carter Cash.
“Let’s Get Real” brought together more than 400 reality TV producers, executives and agents to raise much-needed funds for the Saban Community Clinic’s medical, dental and behavioral health services for low-income and uninsured families in Los Angeles.
Hosted by The Friends of Saban Community Clinic, the fundraising arm of the non-profit, the event aligns the reality TV industry with the daily reality Saban Community Clinic faces providing affordable or free healthcare services to underserved families and communities.
This year’s event touches the reality TV community on a personal level with the honoree being a friend/colleague who has defied incredible odds over a two-year medical quest. Koch’s story has been called a medical miracle. In 2015, he became gravely ill with an immune disorder that almost took his life and resulted in multiple amputations and most recently a hand transplant that changed his life.
For Koch, his story is also a reminder of the need for quality care for everyone regardless of income and ability to pay for healthcare. His dedication aligns itself with the Saban Community Clinic’s beliefs that healthcare is a right, not a privilege.
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Jonathan Koch and his business partner, Steve Michaels have run Asylum Entertainment, an LA based television production company for more than a decade. Since its inception, Asylum has created and produced award-winning content in both scripted and unscripted television genres. Some of their notable productions include the Emmy Award winning limited series “The Kennedys” as well as multiple “30 for 30” episodes, “Happy Valley” “In Ice Cold Murder” and “I am Elizabeth Smart.”
“Let’s Get Real” is co-chaired by Hayden Meyer, APA Partner and Head of Alternative & Factual Programming; David Eilenberg, ITV America Chief Creative Officer; and Marc Kamler, APA Partner and Alternative & Factual Agent.
“We are especially proud to honor Jonathan, not only for his professional leadership but also because of his triumph over his personal health crisis. It’s Jonathan’s personal experience that makes him our ideal honoree this year,” said Meyer.