The 40th Annual Media Access Awards took place on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. This year’s honorees included:
PGA George Sunga Award: The Peanut Butter Falcon producers Albert Berger, Christopher Lemole, Lije Sarki, David Thies, Ron Yerxa and Tim Zajaros
SAG-AFTRA Disability Awareness Award: Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation
SAG-AFTRA Harold Russell Award: advocate, producer, model and actor Nyle DiMarco (Station 19, Dancing With the Stars, America’s Next Top Model)
WGA West Evan Somers Memorial Award: NCIS: New Orleans writer Katherine Beattie
Casting Society of America Award: New Amsterdam casting directors David Caparelliotis and Lauren Port
Visionary Award: The Good Doctor writer-producers Erin Gunn, Mark Rozeman, David Renaud and David Shore
Christopher Reeve Acting Scholarship: actress Lauren “Lolo” Spencer (Give Me Liberty)
Congratulations to our winners, presenters, and ultra-talented hosts Joe Mantegna and Shoshannah Stern for pulling off a fantastic ceremony!
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See additional press and highlights of the event below.
Variety: Media Access Awards Honors Individuals Increasing Representation for Disabilities
The Mighty: Media Access Awards Attendees on Why Disability Representation Matters
The Hollywood Reporter: The Black List Disability List Spotlights 10 Screenplays That Advance the Portrayal of People With Disabilities
The Hollywood Reporter: Media Access Awards to Honor ‘The Good Doctor,’ ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ and Nyle DiMarco
The Hollywood Reporter: Media Access Awards Releases Best Practices Guide for Hiring Writers With Disabilities
The Black List Blog: 2019 Disability List Announced