Disney Worker Hits UNITE HERE Union Bosses with Federal Charge for Illegal Dues Seizures

Disney Worker Hits UNITE HERE Union Bosses with Federal Charge for Illegal Dues Seizures


Labor Board charge: Union violated federal law by ignoring worker’s request to stop dues payments without any explanation


Orlando, FL (February 24, 2023) – Jose Alejandro Class Robles, a Disney Parks and Resorts employee in Orlando, Florida has filed federal charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against UNITE HERE Local 362 for illegally deducting dues from his paycheck. The unfair labor practice charges were filed with the NLRB Region 12 office with free legal aid from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.

Since 1943, Florida’s Right to Work protections make union membership and financial support strictly voluntary. However, rather than respect workers’ ability to decide individually whether or not to voluntary financially support the union, UNITE HERE union officials are blocking Class from exercising his rights under the law and stonewalling his request for required information regarding the dues deductions.


According to his charge, in December 2022, Class resigned his union membership and revoked the union’s authorization to deduct dues from his paycheck. That December letter also requested that, if union officials did not immediately accept his dues checkoff revocation, that the union provide him with a copy of any checkoff he may have signed within 14 days of receipt.

To date, the union has not stopped collecting dues from his wages, nor has it provided him with the requested copy of a signed checkoff authorization, which might specify when revocation is allowed.

“In an all too common situation, union officials are blatantly ignoring a worker’s right to end financial support to a union just so they can fill their coffers by seizing union dues from unwilling employees,” said National Right to Work Foundation President Mark Mix. “Workers everywhere, especially in Right to Work states, should know they can turn to the National Right to Work Foundation for free legal aid to help enforce their rights.”




The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization providing free legal aid to employees whose human or civil rights have been violated by compulsory unionism abuses.  The Foundation, which can be contacted toll-free at 1-800-336-3600, assists thousands of employees in about 250 cases per year. Its web address is www.nrtw.org.

DHS Announces $2 Billion in Preparedness Grants


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DHS Announces $2 Billion in Preparedness Grants

WASHINGTON— Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced more than $2 billion in funding for eight fiscal year 2023 preparedness grant programs. These grant programs provide critical funding to help state, local, tribal, and territorial officials prepare for, prevent, protect against, and respond to acts of terrorism.

Secretary Mayorkas issued the following statement on this year’s grant awards: “As the threats to our homeland continue to evolve, the Department of Homeland Security is fulfilling a key aspect of its mission by equipping state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities and nonprofit organizations, with vital resources to help them strengthen our nation’s preparedness. The new threat landscape now includes medium- and small-sized jurisdictions and remote locations and encompasses a greater swath of our country than ever before, to include so-called 'soft targets' and other targets of opportunity.  

“This year, we are therefore expanding the reach of our more than $2 billion in funding by adding four additional urban areas as grant recipients: Austin, Texas; Honolulu, Hawaii; Jacksonville, Florida; and Nashville, Tennessee. This is in addition to the thirty-six urban areas we continue to support, bringing the total number of funded urban areas to 40. 

“The law requires that at least 25% of the combined funds for the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) and the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) be dedicated to Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Activities (LETPA).  Last year, for the first time, we increased that minimum requirement to 30%, resulting in a $51.5 million increase from the prior year. This year, we are increasing the LETPA minimum requirement once again, to 35%. In total, LETPA funding will increase by $103 million -- from $257.5 million to $360.5 million -- over a two-year period. This increase will ensure critical support for law enforcement to better understand, recognize, prepare for, prevent, and respond to terrorist activity. We are also providing additional policy guidance that will help ensure that law enforcement and terrorism- focused grant funds are appropriately focused on terrorism prevention activities, thereby strengthening our national preparedness posture.

“DHS is fundamentally a department of partnerships, and today’s grants are vital to strengthening the capabilities of local communities, which are best positioned to ensure the safety and security of our homeland. As we did last year, we have again increased funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) to provide essential resources to help protect nonprofit organizations at risk of terrorist attacks. I called on Congress to provide increased funding after the hostage situation at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas.  Last year, Congress increased NSGP funding by $70 million. This year, Congress provided an additional $55 million increase, bringing the NSGP funding up from $180 million two years ago to $305 million this year. That kind of federal support is crucial to help nonprofit organizations across the nation make physical security enhancements to help protect against attacks. We are grateful to Congress for its critical support. We have also prioritized the participation of historically marginalized communities and Historically Black Colleges and Universities in this critical program, to build their capacity and address an evolving threat environment.”

The Fiscal Year 2023 grant guidance will continue to focus on the nation’s highest risk areas, including urban areas that face the most significant threats. This year, the Urban Area Security Initiative will enhance regional preparedness and capabilities by funding 40 high-threat, high-density urban areas. This includes four additional urban areas who will receive funding to build and sustain capability based on an evolving threat environment. This represents Congressional intent to limit these funds to those urban areas that represent up to 85% of nationwide risk. 

These grants involve an enhanced risk methodology that better reflects the current complex and diverse threat environment. DHS and FEMA have updated this year’s risk methodology after extensive stakeholder engagement, and we commit to continuing that engagement through the FY 2023 application period to ensure our grant programs are as simple and easy to access as possible. The change in the risk methodology will allow additional jurisdictions to build new capacity to address the complex and diverse threat environment, while allowing previous grant-receiving jurisdictions to maintain current capacity to the extent it meets the new threat environment.

DHS has identified six national priority areas in the FY 2023 grant cycle: cybersecurity; soft targets and crowded places; intelligence and information sharing; domestic violent extremism; community preparedness and resilience; and election security. Grant recipients under the State Homeland Security Program and Urban Area Security Initiative will be required to dedicate a minimum of 30% of their awards across these six priority areas. Fifteen percent is required through minimum spend amounts for five priority areas, and recipients have flexibility on how to allocate the remaining 15% across the six priority areas: cybersecurity (no minimum spend); soft target and crowded places (3%); information and intelligence sharing (3%); domestic violent extremism (3%); community preparedness and resilience (3%); and election security (3%). After extensive consultation with grantees leading up to this announcement, DHS is focused on balancing the need to invest in high priority areas with giving jurisdictions the flexibility to make prioritization decisions based on their own assessments of their needs.  

As with previous years, new capabilities that are built using homeland security grant funding must be deployable if needed to support regional and national efforts. All capabilities being built or sustained must have a clear linkage to the core capabilities articulated in the National Preparedness Goal.

Preparedness Grant Program Allocations for Fiscal Year 2023

The following grants are non-competitive and awarded to recipients based on several factors:

Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP): State Homeland Security Program—provides $415 million to support the implementation of risk-driven, capabilities-based state homeland security strategies to address capability targets. Awards are based on statutory minimums and relative risk as determined by DHS/FEMA’s risk methodology.

HSGP: Urban Area Security Initiative: provides $615 million to enhance regional preparedness and capabilities in 36 high-threat, high-density areas. Awards are based on relative risk as determined by DHS/FEMA’s risk methodology.

  •  For both the state homeland and urban area grants, 30% of the awards must address the six priority areas of cybersecurity; soft target and crowded places; information and intelligence sharing; domestic violent extremism; community preparedness and resilience; and election security. Additionally, 35% of these grants must be dedicated to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities, and 80% of these grants must be obligated from the state to local or tribal governments within 45 calendar days of receipt. 

Intercity Passenger Rail: provides $10 million to Amtrak to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and increase the resilience of the Amtrak rail system. Award made per congressional direction.

Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program: provides $355.1 million to assist state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency management agencies in obtaining the resources required to support the National Preparedness Goal’s associated mission areas and core capabilities to build a culture of preparedness.

The following grants are competitive, and exact awards will be announced later this year: 

HSGP: Operation Stonegarden: provides $90 million to enhance cooperation and coordination among state, local, tribal, territorial, and federal law enforcement agencies to jointly enhance security along the United States land and water borders.

Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program: provides $15 million to eligible tribal nations to implement preparedness initiatives to help strengthen the nation against risk associated with potential terrorist attacks and other hazards.

Nonprofit Security Grant Program: provides $305 million to support target hardening and other physical security enhancements for nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack. This year, $152.5 million is provided to nonprofits in UASI-designated urban areas, and $152.5 million is provided to nonprofits outside of UASI-designated urban areas located in any state or territory.

Port Security Grant Program: provides $100 million to help protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism, enhance maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security risk management, and maintain or re-establish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities.

Transit Security Grant Program: provides $93 million to owners and operators of public transit systems to protect critical surface transportation and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure. 

Intercity Bus Security Grant Program: provides $2 million to owners and operators of intercity bus systems to protect surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure.

Before determining modifications and final allocations to the grant programs, DHS coordinated extensive engagements with local and state partners, and worked with a wide range of stakeholders. All the funding notices can be found at www.grants.gov

FEMA has engaged in a concerted effort to expand and enhance outreach related to the NSGP to reach potential new applicants, especially in underserved communities. Funding allocations for the NSGP announcement and for technical assistance in developing grant applications can be found at Nonprofit Security Grant Program | FEMA.govFinal submissions must be made through the non-disaster grants system located at https://portal.fema.gov.

Further information on DHS’s preparedness grant programs is available at www.dhs.govand http://www.fema.gov/grants.

California's Forgotten Children | "An important documentary to watch"

 California's Forgotten Children. 

Directed by Melody C. Miller, the film illuminates the devastating issue of present-day child sex trafficking in California. Drawing on the stories of survivors, law enforcement personnel, and advocates, California's Forgotten Children outlines how human trafficking is a widespread issue and how everyone can help to put an end to it.

"'California's Forgotten Children' has had a strong, positive impact on high school students through its use for outreach and prevention training. Students related to the survivors featured in the film due to their diverse backgrounds, races and socioeconomic statuses."  Gameelah Mohamed, Anti-Human Trafficking Outreach Specialist, Law Enforcement Based, Valley Crisis Center, Merced Police Dept.

California's Forgotten Children has been showcased at the United States SenateUnited State of Women Summit, Facebook Headquarters (California, Texas, and Dublin, Ireland to train an international staff in protecting at-risk people from real-world harm), and has won the Best Documentary Award at the Public Media Awards

Most importantly, California’s Forgotten Children has become a movement. Fueled by powerful stories and a desire to foster change alongside a rapidly growing list of partners around the globe, CFC is reaching thousands of people internationally.




Teaser Trailer and Key Art for Studio’s Live-Action Reimagining Launching in Two Months Available Now


BURBANK, Calif. (February 28, 2023) – “Peter Pan & Wendy,” a live-action reimagining of the J.M. Barrie novel and the 1953 animated classic, will begin streaming April 28, 2023, exclusively on Disney+. Check out the teaser trailer and key art for the original movie directed by David Lowery (“The Green Knight,” “Pete’s Dragon”), and get ready to experience the timeless adventure featuring the beloved characters like never before.

“Peter Pan & Wendy” introduces Wendy Darling, young girl afraid to leave her childhood home behind, who meets Peter Pan, a boy who refuses to grow up. Alongside her brothers and a tiny fairy, Tinker Bell, she travels with Peter to the magical world of Neverland. There, she encounters an evil pirate captain, Captain Hook, and embarks on a thrilling and dangerous adventure that will change her life forever. The film stars Jude Law (“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore”), Alexander Molony (“The Reluctant Landlord”), Ever Anderson (“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter”), Yara Shahidi (“Grown-ish”), Alyssa Wapanatâhk, Joshua Pickering (“A Discovery of Witches”), Jacobi Jupe, Molly Parker (“House of Cards”), Alan Tudyk (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”), and Jim Gaffigan (“The Jim Gaffigan Show”). “Peter Pan and Wendy” is directed by David Lowery from a screenplay by David Lowery & Toby Halbrooks (“The Green Knight”) based on the novel by J. M. Barrie and the animated film “Peter Pan.” The producer is Jim Whitaker (“Pete’s Dragon”), with Adam Borba (“A Wrinkle in Time”), Thomas M. Hammel (“Thor: Ragnarok”), and Toby Halbrooks serving as executive producers.

Director/co-writer David Lowery says, “In making ‘Peter Pan & Wendy,’ we set out to craft a film that honors both the original J.M. Barrie text and Walt Disney’s animated adaptation; we wanted to invigorate our retelling with emotional sincerity, an open heart, and a grand yearning for adventure. Hundreds of incredible artists spent many years bringing this film to the screen; I’m excited for audiences to see their work, to go on this ride, and to rediscover an evergreen tale from a new perspective.

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THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE | New Date Announcement



The #SuperMarioMovie is moving from April 7 to April 5 in the US and in more than 60 markets around the world.


The movie hits theaters in additional markets in April and May, with Japan opening April 28.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie – Only In Theaters April 5

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From Nintendo and Illumination comes a new animated film based on the world of Super Mario Bros.


Directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic (collaborators on Teen Titans Go!Teen Titans Go! To the Movies) from a screenplay by Matthew Fogel (The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, Minions: The Rise of Gru), the film stars Chris Pratt as Mario, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike.


The film is produced by Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and by Shigeru Miyamoto for Nintendo. The film will be co-financed by Universal Pictures and Nintendo and released worldwide by Universal Pictures.


Genre: Action-Comedy

Cast: Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, Fred Armisen, Kevin Michael Richardson, Sebastian Maniscalco

Screenplay: Matthew Fogel

Directors: Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic

Producers: Chris Meledandri, Shigeru Miyamoto




En una ciudad de millones, nadie te escucha gritar. Mira el avance oficial de #ScreamVI: solo en los cines el 10 de marzo de 2023. Tras los últimos asesinatos de Ghostface, los cuatro sobrevivientes dejan atrás Woodsboro y comienzan un nuevo capítulo. En Scream VI, Melissa Barrera ("Sam Carpenter"), Jasmin Savoy Brown ("Mindy Meeks-Martin"), Mason Gooding ("Chad Meeks-Martin"), Jenna Ortega ("Tara Carpenter"), Hayden Panettiere ("Kirby Reed”) y Courteney Cox (“Gale Weathers”) regresan a sus roles en la franquicia junto a Jack Champion, Henry Czerny, Liana Liberato, Dermot Mulroney, Devyn Nekoda, Tony Revolori, Josh Segarra y Samara Weaving.


P!NK Adds Second Orlando Show at Amway Center on November 19 2023

P!NK Adds Second Orlando Show at Amway Center on November 19 Due to Overwhelming Demand - Tickets On Sale This Friday at 10 a.m. ET

The TRUSTFALL Tour Adds Seven New Shows in All


ORLANDO, FLORIDA [February, 2023] — Last week, three-time Grammy® Award-winning singer, performer and international pop icon, P!NK, announced The TRUSTFALL Tour in tandem with the release of her new album of the same name, available everywhere now. After last week’s tour announcement, which included Orlando’s first show on Saturday, November 18, overwhelming demand has added a second Orlando show on Sunday, November 19. Produced by Live Nation, the tour kicks off on Thursday, October 12, in Sacramento making stops across the U.S. and Canada and wraps with back-to-back performances at Orlando’s Amway Center November 18 & 19. GROUPLOVE and KidCutUp are joining as special guests across the entire tour. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, February 24 at 10 a.m. ET.

Citi is the official card of P!NK’s The TRUSTFALL Tour. Citi cardmembers have access to pre-sale tickets for these newly-announced shows, now until Thursday, February 23 at 10 p.m. ET through the Citi Entertainment program. For additional pre-sale details, visit www.citientertainment.com. 


Verizon is offering an exclusive pre-sale for The TRUSTFALL Tour in the U.S through Verizon Up. Customers may access pre-sale tickets for these newly-announced dates now until Thursday, February 23 at 10 p.m. ET.  For more details visit Verizon Up.


Tickets: starting at $55.95 (prices subject to change). All tickets are reserved. Buy tickets at Amway Center box office or at Ticketmaster.com. All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.  For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit AmwayCenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office).  The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street andHughey Avenue. 

El DHS continúa los preparativos para el fin del Título 42

El DHS continúa los preparativos para el fin del Título 42 y anuncia nuevas medidas de control en la frontera y más procesos seguros y ordenados.

WASHINGTON – El Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (Department of Homeland Security, DHS) sigue trabajando en los preparativos para el fin de la orden de salud pública conforme al Título 42, que actualmente es objeto de varias disposiciones judiciales, y la reanudación del procesamiento de todos los ciudadanos extranjeros al amparo de las facultades inmigratorias del Departamento conforme al Título 8. Con ese fin, el DHS anunció en el día de hoy nuevas medidas de cumplimiento en la frontera orientadas a mejorar la seguridad fronteriza, limitar la migración irregular y generar procesos adicionales seguros y ordenados para que las personas que huyen de crisis humanitarias lleguen en forma lícita a Estados Unidos. Estas medidas, en conjunto, representan pasos concretos para mejorar la seguridad en nuestra frontera mientras está vigente la orden de salud pública en virtud del Título 42, que el DHS seguirá reforzando durante la preparación para el levantamiento de la orden conforme al Título 42.

  • El DHS está trabajando en el establecimiento de nuevos procesos de tipo “parole” para ciudadanos cubanos, haitianos y nicaragüenses, inspirados en los procesos exitosos para ciudadanos venezolanos y ucranianos, que combinan vías seguras, ordenadas y lícitas hacia Estados Unidos, incluida la autorización para trabajar, con consecuencias significativas para quienes no usen esas vías. También continuamos el proceso con respecto a los ciudadanos venezolanos.
  • A través de la aplicación CBP One, se brinda además un nuevo mecanismo para que quienes no sean ciudadanos estadounidenses programen citas para presentarse en los puertos de ingreso, lo cual facilita que las llegadas sean seguras y ordenadas. En un primer momento, esto se usará para quienes procuren obtener una excepción a la orden de salud pública conforme al Título 42. Cuando ya no esté vigente la orden conforme al Título 42, CBP One se usará para ayudar a asegurar el procesamiento seguro y ordenado en los puertos de ingreso.
  • El DHS está ampliando y mejorando el uso de la expulsión acelerada conforme a las facultades del Título 8 para quienes no puedan ser procesados al amparo de la orden sobre salud pública del Título 42. Estos esfuerzos incluyen incrementar el personal y los recursos e inscribir a personas en la norma final provisoria (interim final rule) sobre procesamiento de asilo que se publicó en marzo de 2022.
  • Como complemento de estos esfuerzos, y en respuesta al incremento sin precedentes en la migración en el hemisferio y para reducir las interceptaciones en nuestra frontera, el DHS y el Departamento de Justicia (Department of Justice, DOJ) se proponen emitir en breve un proyecto de norma que, sujeto a observaciones públicas, incentivará el uso de los procesos lícitos nuevos y existentes que están disponibles en Estados Unidos y en naciones socias, y establecerá ciertas condiciones a la elegibilidad para el asilo a quienes no los usen.

El DHS seguirá monitoreando los acontecimientos en la frontera sudoeste y prevé acelerar o implementar medidas adicionales, según resulte necesario, en consonancia con órdenes judiciales aplicables.

Procesos de cumplimiento específicos de los países 

A partir del éxito que tuvo Unidos por Ucrania y el proceso para venezolanos que se anunció en octubre —y que combinan una vía legal y segura con una consecuencia por no usar esa vía—, el anuncio de hoy establece procesos similares para ciudadanos cubanos, haitianos y nicaragüenses que enfrentan dificultades singulares en sus países de origen. El proceso venezolano también seguirá en curso; la Patrulla Fronteriza observó un descenso drástico —del 90%— en la cantidad de ciudadanos venezolanos en la frontera tras el establecimiento del programa en octubre. Los ciudadanos de Venezuela, Cuba, Haití y Nicaragua que no se sirvan de este proceso, intenten ingresar en Estados Unidos sin autorización y no puedan establecer un fundamento legal para permanecer serán deportados o retornados a México, que aceptará el retorno de 30.000 personas por mes que no hagan uso de estas nuevas vías. La ampliación del proceso de Venezuela a Cuba, Haití y Nicaragua depende de la voluntad del Gobierno de México de aceptar el retorno o la deportación de ciudadanos de esos países. También responde a un pedido del Gobierno de México de brindar vías legales adicionales para los migrantes, y promueve los intereses de ambos países de abordar los efectos en el hemisferio del deterioro de las condiciones en estos países.

El DHS insta el uso de la aplicación móvil gratuita CBP One para que los ciudadanos extranjeros programen el momento de llegada a los puertos de ingreso. Las personas no precisan estar en la frontera para programar una cita; el acceso ampliado a la aplicación en México Central tiene como propósito desalentar a los ciudadanos extranjeros de congregarse cerca de la frontera en condiciones inseguras. En un primer momento, esta nueva función de programación permitirá que ciudadanos extranjeros concierten un horario y un lugar para presentarse en un puerto de ingreso con el fin de solicitar una excepción a la orden sobre salud pública conforme al Título 42 por motivos humanitarios sobre la base de una evaluación de vulnerabilidad individualizada. Esto reemplazará el proceso actual para las personas que solicitan ser exceptuadas de la orden sobre salud pública en virtud del Título 42, que exige que los ciudadanos extranjeros presenten solicitudes a través de organizaciones terceras ubicadas cerca de la frontera.

Una vez que ya no esté más vigente la orden sobre salud pública conforme al Título 42, este mecanismo de programación estará disponible para ciudadanos extranjeros, incluidos aquellos que procuran plantear solicitudes de asilo, para que programen un momento en el cual presentarse en un puerto de ingreso con fines de inspección y procesamiento, en vez de presentarse sin previo aviso en un puerto de ingreso o intentar realizar el cruce por zonas ubicadas entre los puertos de ingreso. Quienes utilicen este proceso por lo general serán elegibles para obtener autorizaciones de trabajo durante el período de permanencia autorizada.

Las personas que usen la aplicación CBP One podrán programar una cita para presentarse en los siguientes puertos de ingreso:

  • Arizona: Nogales;
  • Texas: Brownsville, Hidalgo, Laredo, Eagle Pass y El Paso (Paso Del Norte); y
  • California: Calexico y San Ysidro (Pedestrian West – El Chaparral).

Durante el proceso de inspección, los ciudadanos extranjeros deben declarar verbalmente su condición con respecto a la vacunación contra la COVID-19 y, cuando se les solicite, presentar constancias de tal vacunación en consonancia con los requisitos sobre vacunación del Título 19.

Las personas podrán programar citas en CBP One en los próximos días. La aplicación CBP One puede descargarse gratuitamente y está disponible en las tiendas de aplicaciones de Apple y Google, como así también en https://www.cbp.gov/about/mobile-apps-directory/cbpone.









A SMALL LIGHT Stars BAFTA-nominated Bel Powley (‘The Morning Show’), Joe Cole (‘Gangs of London’) and Emmy®-nominated Liev Schreiber (‘Ray Donovan’), 

Airs Two-Episode Premiere Monday, May 1, at 9/8c on National Geographic; 

Available to Stream Next Day on Disney+ 


The Series Is Produced by ABC Signature and Keshet Studios 


(WASHINGTON, D.C. – Feb. 2023) – The new limited series A SMALL LIGHT focuses on the inspiring, real-life story of Miep Gies, who played a critical role in hiding Anne Frank and her family during the Nazi occupation in Amsterdam. To honor Miep on what would have been her 114th birthday, National Geographic announced the powerful limited series, produced by ABC Signature and Keshet Studios, will premiere on Monday, May 1, at 9/8c on National Geographic with two back-to-back episodes. New episodes will debut every Monday at 9/8c and 10/9c on National Geographic and will stream next day on Disney+.


Told with a modern sensibility, A SMALL LIGHT tells the remarkable true story of secretary Miep Gies (Bel Powley), who was a young, carefree and opinionated woman — at a time when opinions got you killed — when her boss, Otto Frank (Liev Schreiber)asked her to help hide his family from the Nazis during WWII. 


Without hesitation, Miep agreed.


For the next two years, she and her daring and devoted husband Jan (Joe Cole), with several other everyday heroes, watched over the Frank, van Pels and Pfeffer families hiding in the secret annex. 


A life once filled with parties and pints, the series details how Miep’s life changed the moment she said “yes.” From daily food runs to scrounging for ration coupons to selling beloved heirlooms, it took countless selfless sacrifices. In the end, it was Miep who found Anne Frank’s diary and preserved it so that she and Otto could later share it with the world to ensure it served as a testament for generations to come. 


Filmed on location in Amsterdam and Prague, A SMALL LIGHT also reveals that in addition to hiding the eight souls in the annex from the Nazis, the brave couple was simultaneously hiding many others in and around Amsterdam with the help of the Dutch Resistance. Powley’s fierce performance shakes the cobwebs off history and makes Miep’s story feel relevant and timely, forcing audiences to ask themselves what they would have done in Miep’s shoes; and in modern times, asking if they would have the courage to stand up to hatred. The series title comes from something Miep said late in her life: “I don’t like being called a hero because no one should ever think you have to be special to help others. Even an ordinary secretary or a housewife or a teenager can turn on a small light in a dark room.” 


Joan Rater and Tony Phelan, creators and executive producers, said, “People may know the story of Anne Frank and her family, but what happened outside the annex walls was just as powerful, inspiring and resonant. When we heard about Miep and Jan’s inherent strength in risking their lives for others during the occupation, we were blown away. A SMALL LIGHT is a true story that should never be forgotten. We hope it leaves a lasting impact on viewers and helps to show the importance of discovering untold stories of the Holocaust and the lessons it continues to teach.” 


Additional cast includes Amira Casar, who plays Edith Frank, mother to Margot and Anne; Billie Boullet, who portrays Anne Frank; Ashley Brooke, who plays Anne’s older sister Margot Frank; Andy Nyman as Hermann van Pels, Caroline Catz as Auguste van Pels, Rudi Goodman as Peter van Pels, and Noah Taylor as Dr. Fritz Pfeffer, who all hid in the annex with the Frank family; Eleanor Tomlinson as Tess, Miep’s best friend; Sally Messham as Bep Voskuijl, Ian McElhinney as Johannes Kleiman, and Nicholas Burns as Victor Kugler, Miep’s coworkers; and Liza Sadovy as Mrs. Stoppelman, Laurie Kynaston as Casmir, and Sebastian Armesto as Max Stoppelman.


A SMALL LIGHT is produced by ABC Signature and Keshet Studios for National Geographic. Executive producers and writers Joan Rater and Tony Phelan (ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” CBS’ “Fire Country”) serve as showrunners, and DGA Award-winner and Emmy®-nominated executive producer Susanna Fogel (“The Flight Attendant,” “Cat Person”) directs multiple episodes, including the pilot. Executive producers are Peter Traugott and Lisa Roos for Keshet Studios, Alon Shtruzman for Keshet International, and Avi Nir for Keshet Media Group.  

About National Geographic Content

Award-winning and critically acclaimed National Geographic Content, part of a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the National Geographic Society, creates and delivers riveting stories and experiences in natural history, science, adventure and exploration. Inspiring a deeper connection to the world, the content studio reaches 300 million people worldwide in 180 countries and 33 languages across the global National Geographic channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO), National Geographic Documentary Films, and direct-to-consumer platforms Disney+ and Hulu. Its diverse content includes Emmy® Award-winning franchise Genius, series Life Below Zero and Secrets of the Whales, and Oscar®- and BAFTA award-winning film Free Solo. In 2022, National Geographic Content was awarded eight News and Documentary Emmys, in addition to Life Below Zero’s Emmy win for Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program, it’s sixth Emmy overall. For more information, visit natgeotv.com ornationalgeographic.com, or follow Nat Geo on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn


About Disney+

Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic, along with The Simpsons and much more. In select international markets, it also includes the general entertainment content brand, Star. The flagship direct-to-consumer streaming service from The Walt Disney Company, Disney+ offers an ever-growing collection of exclusive originals, including feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series, and short-form content. With unprecedented access to Disney’s long history of incredible film and television entertainment, Disney+ is also the exclusive streaming home for the newest releases from The Walt Disney Studios. Disney+ is available as a standalone streaming service, as part of the Disney Bundle in the U.S. that gives subscribers access to Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+, or as part of Combo+ in Latin America with Star+, the standalone general entertainment and sports streaming service in the region. For more, visit disneyplus.com, or find the Disney+ app on most mobile and connected TV devices.  


About ABC Signature

One of the Disney Television Studios, ABC Signature produces many of ABC Entertainment’s most significant hits, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Station 19”; co-productions “The Good Doctor,” “A Million Little Things,” “The Rookie,” “The Rookie: Feds” and “Home Economics,” and late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” ABC Signature’s series include “grown-ish” and “The Watchful Eye” for Freeform; “Godfather of Harlem” for MGM+; “Bad Sisters” and “Five Days at Memorial” for Apple TV+; “Fleishman Is In Trouble” for FX; “Reasonable Doubt” and “This Fool” for Hulu, and the upcoming “Tiny Beautiful Things” and “UnPrisoned.” The upcoming “A Small Light” for Nat Geo and for streaming service Disney +, series include “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers,” “Big Shot,” “National Treasure: Edge of History” and the upcoming “Muppets Mayhem.”


About Keshet Studios

With offices in Los Angeles and New York, Keshet Studios is Keshet International’s (KI) US-based production arm, providing an international platform for distinct US voices, stories and talent. The studio draws on KI’s extensive catalogue, as well as its wide network of connections, to develop, produce and package content for the US and international marketplaces.  As part of its ongoing production pact and first-look deal with Universal Television (UTV), Keshet Studios is co-producing the Fall hit La Brea (NBC) and David E Kelley’s The Missing (Peacock), while also co-developing several projects for various buyers, including After School Special, Ties That Bind,andThe Stuntwoman with UTV. It is also shooting Echo 3, the US adaptation of Keshet’s When Heroes Fly, for Apple TV+.