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News Release: April 12, 2011

Writers “Joining Forces” with Military Families

Writers Guild of America, West Signs on to White House Initiative

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Noted TV and screenwriter Katherine Fugate is in the nation’s capital today to help inaugurate Joining Forces, a national call to action in support of military families being led by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. Representing the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) at the White House event, Fugate, who is also a member of the Guild’s Board of Directors, created and executive produced the hit Lifetime TV series Army Wives, documenting the struggles of military families living on an Army base.

“The soldier and the families all serve together. They are all our heroes and we owe them a lifetime of gratitude,” said Fugate. In the series, she wrote: “Look beside each soldier to find the people who fight beside them. The spouses, the sons, the daughters. They serve, too. They share the victories. They share the defeats. Together, they all fight for our freedom.”

As part of its commitment to Joining Forces, the WGAW is planning, in conjunction with the White House, to conduct a series of workshops connecting Hollywood’s TV and screenwriters with military families and veterans to share their experiences and get their perspectives.

“Hopefully, through this increased awareness, more writers will be motivated to tell the stories of these everyday people, who through their daily sacrifices, challenges, triumphs, and tragedies become extraordinary Americans who inspire us all,” said Fugate. 

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) is a labor union representing writers of motion pictures, television, radio and Internet programming, including news and documentaries. Founded in 1933, the Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members. It is involved in a wide range of programs that advance the interests of writers, and is active in public policy and legislative matters on the local, national and international levels. For more information on the WGAW, please visit: www.wga.org.