As new Exective Director Katie Buckland champions emergent writers.
(June 6, 2013)
WG Foundation Executive Director Katie Buckland
The Writers Guild Foundation has named a new Executive Director. Katie Buckland has taken the reins of leadership at the Foundation following the departure of longtime director Angela Kirgo.
Buckland comes to the job from the California Women’s Law Center, where she served as Executive Director for eight years. Prior to that she worked as Special Assistant to former Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo overseeing media and public affairs. She also served in the Clinton Administration in several positions including Deputy Political Director and California Director for the Democratic National Committee.
Although she is new to the world of Hollywood writers, Buckland was especially drawn to the Writers Guild Foundation library and archives and their potential for training emergent writers. “Writers are, of course, the vital spark in the production process — but there's more to it than that,” says Buckland. “In fact, writers are essential in crafting our collective voice as a culture. So it's important for us to broaden the pool of individual voices out there so that we can, in turn, strengthen our cultural narrative and invigorate our ongoing conversation as a people.”
The new Executive Director already has several projects and programs in mind, including a traveling exhibit of the Foundation’s archival materials (such as the original Star Wars script), increased community outreach and finding new ways to highlight the role of writers in movies and television.
A graduate of the University of California’s Hastings College of Law, Buckland was raised in Minnesota. And though she is, by her own admission, a rookie in entertainment, she is a child of the labor movement: her father worked with the Democratic Farm Labor Party and her grandfather, a coal miner, was an organizer for the United Mine Workers.
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