Academy for Social Purpose in Responsible Entertainment


Peter Samuelson, MA, President


Dr. D. Andy Rice, PhD, ASPIRE Fellow at UCLA


The Academy for Social Purpose in Responsible Entertainment (ASPIRE) partners with universities, community organizations, scholars, and activists to advocate for sustainability and social justice through media-focused teaching and research.  ASPIRE teaches digital media production to undergraduates of all majors to enhance their lifelong capacities to undertake social issue advocacy.

Richard Foos

Richard Foos is the Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of Shout! Factory.  He has been in the entertainment business for over thirty five years starting with a small record store named Rhino Records, and eventually growing it into the well-known audio label which was sold to Time Warner in 1998.  Now in its 11th year, Shout! Factory is one of the leading independent video and music companies in Entertainment.  Foos strongly believes in merging ones social values with business and has installed a strong sense of purpose and giving back in all his business concerns.  To this end he serves on the boards of the Little Kids Rock, The Nation Institute, Government Accountability Project, Chrysalis and other such non-profits that make a strong commitment to social progress.  Foos is a 1967 graduate of Beverly Hills High School and a 1971 graduate of Whittier College.  He and his family currently reside in Los Angeles.