Announcing The 2019 Media Access Awards – November 14, 2019

This year’s preeminent celebration of disability representation in media will take place November 14th, 2019 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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ANNOUNCING THE 2019 MEDIA ACCESS AWARDS!

NOVEMBER 14TH, 2019

THE BEVERLY HILTON HOTEL – LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 

Find us on social: #MEDIAACCESSAWARDS #MAA2019

LIVE-STREAMING NOVEMBER 14TH @ 6PM WATCH LIVE.

Mark your calendars for The Media Access Awards on November 14th, 2019. 

The Media Access Awards, which will be celebrating its 40th anniversary, and its partner Easterseals, which is commemorating 100 years as the first national organization serving people with disabilities, are proud to present a celebration honoring the best in disability representation in Hollywood.

Tune in on Facebook November 14th at 6pm PST to WATCH the ceremony streamed LIVE, and engage with The Media Access Awards on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! #mediaaccessawards #maa2019

The Media Access Awards, founded by producers Norman Lear and Fern Field, annually honors the top creatives in film and television with the WGA Evan Somers, PGA George Sunga, Casting Society of America, and Harold Russell SAG-AFTRA awards for their employment of and creation of accurate portrayals of people with disabilities.

Joe Mantegna, longtime disability advocate for Easterseals and star of “Criminal Minds” will join actor, writer and producer of “This Close,” and former Media Access Awards winner, Shoshannah Stern to host the awards.

This year’s award honorees include:

PGA George Sunga Award: Albert Berger, Christopher Lemole, Lije Sarki, David Thies, Ron Yerxa, and Tim Zajaros, producers of “The Peanut Butter Falcon”

SAG-AFTRA Disability Awareness Award: Jay Ruderman of the Ruderman Foundation

SAG-AFTRA Harold Russell Award: Nyle DiMarco, advocate, producer, model and actor (“Station 19,” “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Next Top Model”)

WGA West Evan Somers Memorial Award: Katherine Beattie, writer of “NCIS: New Orleans”

Casting Society of America Award: David Caparelliotis and Lauren Port, casting directors of “New Amsterdam”

Visionary Award: Erin Gunn, Mark Rozeman, David Renaud, and David Shore, writers and producers of “The Good Doctor”

Christopher Reeve Acting Scholarship: Lauren “Lolo” Spencer, actress, “Give Me Liberty”

“We congratulate this year’s outstanding honorees – each working to diversify modern storytelling and shine a light on many talented artists with disabilities,” said Mark Whitley, CEO of Easterseals Southern California. “As an organization committed to advancing greater inclusion and disability representation across entertainment, we know what a pivotal role the honorees play in helping change people’s perceptions about disability, challenging stigmas and showing what true inclusion means.”

An estimated 61 million Americans live with a disability. As the largest minority group on the planet —and as the only minority group that anyone can join at any point of his or her life — the disability community is a robust, diverse, and integral part of our global fabric.

We are proud to be at the forefront of creating and promoting opportunities for some of the brightest talents in the industry.