Left to right: Media Access Awards Co-Chair Allen Rucker and writer-director Ben Lewin. Lewin recently won the WGAW Evan Somers Award for his film “The Sessions,” presented by the Guild’s Writers With Disabilities Committee at this year’s Media Access Awards.

Left to right: MAA chairs Deborah Calla and Allen Rucker with Shonda Rhimes, recipient of the PGA George Sunga Award at MAA 2012. Shonda is the creator of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “The Practice.” She has created a number of very interesting and important characters with disabilities.



Left to right: Deborah Calla and Allen Rucker with MAA 2012 host Jimmy Kimmel.


Left to right: Deborah Calla and Allen Rucker with John Hawkes, star of writer-director Ben Lewin’s film “The Sessions,” for which Lewin recently won the WGAW Evan Somers Award.


Left to right: “American Horror Story” actress Katelyn Reed and Lauren Potter, recipient of the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Harold Russell Award.

Jane Lynch, Deb, Allen

MAA 2012

 HOST

Jimmy Kimmel

RECIPIENTS 

SAG-AFTRA Disability Awareness Award (Phil Perry, Jazz & R&B Star)

SAG-AFTRA Harold Russell Award (Lauren Potter, Glee)

Casting Society of America Award (Ronnie Yeskel, The Sessions, Curb Your Enthusiasm)

Writers Guild of America, West Evan Somers Memorial Award (Ben Lewin, The Sessions, Georgia)

Producers Guild of America George Sunga Award (Shonda Rhimes, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal)

Christopher Reeve Acting Scholarship (Zack Weinstein, Glee, Criminal Minds, NCIS)

RJ Mitte Diversity Award (To be announced at the 2012 Media Access Awards)

PRESENTERS

John Hawkes, William H Macy, Jane Lynch, the cast of Sundance Channel‘s “Push Girls” — Angela Rockwood, Auti Angel, Tiphany Adams and Mia Schaikewitz – RJ Mitte, Ashley Rickards, Noel Fisher, Sarah Drew, Scott Porter, Thelma Houston.

SPONSORS 

California Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

The Governor’s Committee is responsible for providing leadership in the effort to increase the numbers of people with disabilities in the California workforce. The volunteer membership of the Governor’s Committee is comprised of decision-makers and leaders from the private and public sectors whose expertise is essential in supporting and building systems that promote universal access, remove barriers to work, and enable people with disabilities to gain independence and economic self-sufficiency.

SAG-AFTRA

SAG-AFTRA represents more than 165,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond. Visit SAG-AFTRA online at SAGAFTRA.org.

Producers Guild of America

The Producers Guild of America is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. The Producers Guild has more than 5,000 members who work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry and community by providing members with employment opportunities, seeking to expand health benefits, promoting fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts such as encouraging sustainable production practices. Visit www.producersguild.org, www.pgagreen.org, www.pgadiversity.org for more information.

Writers Guild of America, West

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) is a labor union representing writers of motion pictures, television, radio, and Internet programming, including news and documentaries. Founded in 1933, the Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members. It is involved in a wide range of programs that advance the interests of writers, and is active in public policy and legislative matters on the local, national, and international levels. For more information on the WGAW, please visit: www.wga.org.

Casting Society of America

The Casting Society of America is the premier organization of theatrical Casting Directors in film, television, and theatre. Although it is not a union, its members are a united professional society that consistently set the level of professionalism in casting on which the entertainment industry has come to rely. It’s more than 450 members are represented not only in the United States, but also in Canada, England, Australia and Italy.

Friends of Californians with Disabilities

Friends of Californians with Disabilities, Inc. a 501(c)(3), is a leader in developing statewide and national partnerships to increase employment and independent living opportunities for people with disabilities. They played a major leadership role in the partnership that created such innovative nationally acclaimed projects as the California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF), the Media Access Office and Awards and the “Windmills” Disability Awareness Diversity Training Program.

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. For more information please visit our website at ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292.

Starz Entertainment

Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 17 premium channels including the flagship STARZ® and ENCORE® brands with approximately 19 million and 32.9 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its STARZ, ENCORE and MOVIEPLEX brands. Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation and is attributed to the Liberty

Starz tracking stock group.

Keck Medical Center of USC

The Keck Medical Center of USC is one of only two university-owned academic medical centers in the Los Angeles area. Keck Medical Center of USC was launched in 2011 after a transformative $150 million gift from the W. M. Keck Foundation.   It is comprised of Keck Hospital of USC (formerly USC University Hospital) and USC Norris Cancer Hospital, the private hospitals of the University of Southern California. The two world-class, USC-owned hospitals are staffed by more than 500 physicians who are faculty at the renowned Keck School of Medicine of USC. Keck Medical Center of USC is a center for multi-faceted care, with a concentration of specialists across multiple areas of expertise.

NBC Universal

NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group.

 

R.J. Mitte

William Morris-Endeavor (WME)

Kevin Bright

SPONSORS