Media Advisory: October 20, 2009

The Hollywood Disabilities Forum

For Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers, Casting Directors, and Industry Professionals to Explore Opportunities and Challenges of People with Disabilities in Entertainment

Event: Saturday, Oct 24 – UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

WHAT: 
An executive industry forum examining the accuracy of film and TV portrayals, as well as inclusion and opportunities for access of people with disabilities in the entertainment industry. The forum will focus on best practices of industry pioneers who incorporate stories featuring characters with disabilities and who hire performers with disabilities for TV, film, radio and stage productions.

A collaborative effort between entertainment guilds, educational organizations, and advocacy groups, this inaugural joint forum is presented by the I AM PWD (Inclusion in the Arts and Media for People with Disabilities) campaign of Actors’ Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild; the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and its Writers with Disabilities Committee; and the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts.

Additional support provided by the California Arts Council, the Tarjan Center at UCLA, the National Arts and Disability Center, and the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.

WHO: 
Peter Farrelly, producer-director-writer (There’s Something About Mary) — Keynote Speaker
Vince Gilligan, writer-producer (Breaking Bad)
RJ Mitte, actor (Breaking Bad)
Daryl “Chill Mitchell, actor (Brothers)
Janis Hirsch, writer-producer (Brothers, Will & Grace)
David Milch, writer-producer (Deadwood)
Geri Jewell, actor (Deadwood)
Robert David Hall, actor (CSI)
Danny Woodburn, actor (Seinfeld)
Linda Bove, actor (Sesame Street, Deaf West)
Bill Duke, actor-director (Karen Sisco, Predator)
Paul Kampf, actor-director-writer (Brothers Three: An American Gothic)
Special Video Appearance by Ricky Gervais (The Office)

WHEN: 
Saturday, Oct. 24, 9-5 p.m.

WHERE: 
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television -- 102 East Melnitz Hall; Parking in Structure 3.

CONTACT: 
Members of the media interested in covering this event, please contact:
Pamela Greenwalt, Screen Actors Guild, (323) 549-6872, pgreenwalt@sag.org
Christopher de Haan, AFTRA, (323) 634-8203, cdehaan@aftra.com
David Lotz, AEA (212) 869-8530, dlotz@actorsequity.org
Gregg Mitchell, WGAW (323) 782-4574, Gregg Mitchell.