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 Calla – Chair, Diversity Committee of the Producers Guild of America (PGA)

Allen Rucker – Chair, 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 Dixon – Casting Director – “The Mask of Zorro”; “Barney’s Version”; “Green Lantern”

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

Sam Maddox – Knowledge Manager at The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Paul Miller – Chair, Board of Directors, Friends of Californians with Disabilities, Inc.

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

Kim Myers – Director 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 Farrelly – Writer/Director – “There’s Something About Mary”; “Dumb & Dumber”

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

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

Gale Anne Hurd – Producer/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 Tollin – Writer/Producer – “One Tree Hill”; “Smallville”; “Arli$$”

FOUNDERS:

Norman G. Brooks – Academy Award-nominated documentary producer; “A Different Approach”

Fern Field – Producer – “Monk”; “The Ray Bradbury Theater”

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

PIONEERS:

Loreen Arbus – President and Executive Producer of Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc.

Catherine Baird – Executive Director of the California Governor’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities

Geri Jewell – Actress – “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 Calla – Chair, Diversity Committee of the Producers Guild of America (PGA)

WRITER:

Allen Rucker – Chair, 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 Benkendorfer – Chair, 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.