$1,500,000 contribution to support production of two seasons of a dramatic and reality TV series in Nigeria to promote reconciliation and tolerance between religious and ethnic groups, for broadcast by the Nigerian Television Authority.
In 2004, Nestlé provided $1,000,000 to support production of the first two seasons of the TV drama series, called 'The Station', and an accompanying reality TV series called 'The Academy.' In July 2005, after learning about the partnerships encouraged by the Clinton Global Initiative, Search for Common Ground approached Nestlé for a new commitment to support Seasons 3 & 4. As a direct result, Nestlé agreed to provide $1.5 million in additional funds for this programming designed to promote reconciliation and tolerance. In August 2006, 'The Academy' premièred on Nigerian national television. In addition, the first 13 episodes of The Station are finished and will start airing in November 2006.
Nestlé's commitment to Search for Common Ground was for $1.5 million out of a total four- year budget of $5 million. To date, $4.1 million have been raised, yet $900,000 are still needed to complete this project.