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A formidable team of accomplished industry professionals is pleased to bring you this year’s Media Access Awards and is especially proud to champion strong and accurate depictions of disability in media. The Media Access Awards are a multi-guild event, drawing upon the skills and energy of talented producers, writers, directors, actors, event coordinators, and public relations specialists.

We are grateful to be fueled by the support, talents, and enthusiasm of:

CHAIRS:

Deborah CallaChair, Diversity Committee of the Producers Guild of America (PGA)

Allen RuckerChair, Committee for Writers with Disabilities at Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW)

CO-CHAIRS:

Ray Bradford - National Director of Equal Employment Opportunities at SAG-AFTRA

Pam DixonCasting Director – “The Mask of Zorro”; “Barney’s Version”; “Green Lantern”

Jenni GoldDirector – “Ready, Willing, and Able”; “Lucky”; “CinemAbility”

Sam MaddoxKnowledge Manager at The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Paul MillerChair, Board of Directors, Friends of Californians with Disabilities, Inc.

Adam MooreNational Director of Affirmative Action and Diversity at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG)/The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)

Kim MyersDirector of Diversity at The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW)

George Sunga - Chair Emeritus, Producers Guild of America (PGA) Diversity Committee

HONORARY CO-CHAIRS:

Kevin Bright Producer/Director – “Dream On”; “Friends”; “Joey”

Peter FarrellyWriter/Director – “There’s Something About Mary”; “Dumb & Dumber”

Vince Gilligan - Producer/Writer – “Breaking Bad”; “The X-Files”; “Home Fries”

Robert David HallActor – “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”; “The Practice”

Gale Anne HurdProducer/Writer – “The Terminator”; “The Walking Dead”

Daryl “Chill” Mitchell - Actor/Producer – “Brothers”; “Ed”; “Galaxy Quest”

RJ Mitte - Actor - “Breaking Bad”; “House of Last Things”

Margaret Nagle - Writer/Producer – “Boardwalk Empire”; “Warm Springs”

Jane Seymour - Actress – “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”; “Wedding Crashers”

Mike TollinWriter/Producer – “One Tree Hill”; “Smallville”; “Arli$$”

FOUNDERS:

Norman G. BrooksAcademy Award-nominated documentary producer; “A Different Approach”

Fern FieldProducer – “Monk”; “The Ray Bradbury Theater”

Norman LearWriter/Producer – “All in the Family”; “Maude”; “Good Times”

PIONEERS:

Loreen ArbusPresident and Executive Producer of Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc.

Catherine BairdExecutive Director of the California Governor’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities

Geri JewellActress – “Facts of Life”; “Deadwood”

Tari Hartman Squire - Founder and CEO of EIN SOF Communications

MEDIA ACCESS OFFICE/EDD:

Gloria M. Castañeda – Program Director/Casting Liaison Media Access Office/EDD

EVENT STAFF

PRODUCER:

Deborah CallaChair, Diversity Committee of the Producers Guild of America (PGA)

WRITER:

Allen RuckerChair, Committee for Writers with Disabilities at Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW)

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR:

David Radcliff - Associate Member, Writers with Disabilities Committee at The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW)

CLIP PRODUCER:

Karyn BenkendorferChair, Documentary and Non-Fiction Committee at The Producers Guild of America, West (PGAW)

CLIP EDITOR:

Sean Fawcett - Professional Film Editor

PUBLIC RELATIONS FACILITATOR:

RJ RoussoRFPR, Inc.

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