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2012 Media Access Awards Celebrate Disability Awareness and Inclusion in Media and Entertainment

Late Night Funny Man Jimmy Kimmel to Host Awards Reception
with Jane Lynch, Helen Hunt, and many more on hand

White Talks Diversity with Kojo

Screen Actors Guild National Executive Director David White appeared on NPR's The Kojo Nnamdi Show on Thursday, December 15 to discuss diversity on screen. Also joining host Nnamdi was actor, film critic and pop-culture commentator Jennice Fuentes who appeared on HBO's K Street, and St. Petersburg Times media critic Eric Deggans.

To hear the podcast, click here.

SAG Affirmative Action and Diversity Presents a Free Screening of 'Restless City' at AFI FEST Presented by Audi

Filed in: EEO & Diversity

SAG Affirmative Action and Diversity Dare to be Diverse screening series is pleased to host two screenings of the American Film Institute’s (AFI) New Auteurs selection, Restless City.

The AFI New Auteurs Program highlights first and second-time feature film directors from around the world. A Q&A with Restless City director, Andrew Dosunmu, will follow each screening.

SAG, AFTRA, Actors' Equity Announce the 2011 Tri-Union Diversity 'Ivy" Award Recipients

Los Angeles (Oct 26, 2011) — The affirmative action committees of American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Screen Actors Guild and Actors’ Equity Association are delighted to announce the 9th Annual Ivy Bethune Tri-Union Diversity Awards, honoring actor/educator Bill Cosby; actor J.R. Martinez; San Diego’s Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company; and disability advocate and dancer Zina Bethune. The event will be held on November 7, 2011 at 8 p.m. at the Nate Holden Theatre Center at 4718 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, 90016.

SAG Honors Marlee Matlin at Media Access Awards

Los Angeles (Oct. 6, 2011) — Actor Marlee Matlin was honored today with the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Harold Russell Award at the 2011 Media Access Awards. The awards, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., aims to raise awareness of people living with disabilities and seeks to have them represented accurately in television and film.

SAG Member RJ Mitte to Address AFL-CIO Next Up Summit

Breaking Bad actor RJ Mitte is representing Screen Actors Guild this weekend at the 2011 Next Up Summit. The event, taking place in Minneapolis from September 29 – October 2, is hosted by the AFL-CIO and brings together young people to discuss organizing, the recent legislative attacks on workers’ rights and the economic crisis, which has had a disproportionate impact on younger workers. 

Study Reveals Continued Lack of Characters with Disabilities on Television

1% Representation on Network TV Creates Few Employment Opportunities
for Performers With Disabilities; Improvement Seen on Cable Networks