On Friday, October 8, 2010 News Anchor and Journalist Pat Harvey, from KCBS-TV 2 & 9 hosted The 2010 Media Access Awards held at The Peninsula Hotel Beverly Hills located on The Verandah Room located at 9882 South Santa Monica Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90212 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.
Actor Ron Livingston Presented the Christopher Reeve Acting Scholarship to Christopher Thornton.
The 2010 Media Access Award Recipients were:
- AFTRA Disability Awareness Award awarded to Darcy Pohland,
- SAG Harold Russell Award awarded to Danny Woodburn
- CSA Award – awarded to Robert J. Ulrich, Eric Dawson and Carol Kritzer
- WGAW Joan Young Award awarded to Vince Gilligan
- Producers Guild of America George Sunga Award awarded to Mike Tollin
- Christopher Reeve Acting Scholarship – awarded to Christopher Thornton and
- RJ Mitte Diversity Award – awarded to Atticus Shaffer (The Middle)
About The Media Access Awards:
The Media Access Awards, is a press breakfast honoring individuals and organizations in the entertainment and broadcast industries for their efforts in promoting the awareness of the disability experience, accessibility for people with disabilities, and the accurate depiction of characters with disabilities.
About Pat Harvey:
Is an award winning broadcast journalist. She joined former Walt Disney owned and operated KCAL 9 in Los Angeles in 1989. Joining Jerry Dunphy on the anchor desk, she was the last original KCAL 9 News anchor left. In April 2010, Harvey begin co-anchoring for KCAL sister station KCBS news at 5 & 11PM. She is the longest-running anchor in prime time at one station in Los Angeles. For her 20th anniversary, the city of Los Angeles and L.A. County Board of Supervisors declared Oct. 30, 2009, Pat Harvey Day, by proclamation. For more information visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Harvey
About California Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
The Governor’s Committee is responsible for providing leadership to increase the numbers of people with disabilities in the California workforce. The volunteer membership of the Governor’s Committee is comprised of decision-makers and leaders from the private and public sectors whose expertise is essential in supporting and building systems that promote universal access, remove barriers to work, and enable people with disabilities to gain independence and economic self-sufficiency.
About American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA):
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO, are the people who entertain and inform America. In 32 Locals across the country, AFTRA members work as actors, journalists, singers, dancers, announcers, hosts, comedians, disc jockeys, and other performers across the media industries including television, radio, cable, sound recordings, music videos, commercials, audio books, non-broadcast industrials, interactive games, the Internet and other digital media. The 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters, and recording artists of AFTRA are working together to protect and improve their jobs, lives, and communities in the 21st century. From new art forms to new technology, AFTRA members embrace change in their work and craft to enhance American culture and society. Visit AFTRA online at www.aftra.com.
About Producers Guild of America:
The Producers Guild of America is the non-profit professional association that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. The PGA has over 4,500 members who work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry and community by providing members with health benefits, employment opportunities, the creation of fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts such as promoting sustainable production practices and diversity in the industry. Visit www.producersguild.org,www.pgagreen.org, www.pgadiversity.org for more information.
About Screen Actors Guild:
Screen Actors Guild is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists’ rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 Branches nationwide, SAG represents more than 125,000 actors who work in film and digital motion pictures and television programs, commercials, video games, industrials, Internet and all new media formats. The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Headquartered in Los Angeles, you can visit SAG online at SAG.org.
About Writers Guild of America, West:
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.
About Casting Society of America
The Casting Society of America is the premier organization of theatrical Casting Directors in film, television, and theatre. Although it is not a union, its members are a united professional society that consistently set the level of professionalism in casting on which the entertainment industry has come to rely. It’s more than 450 members are represented not only in the United States, but also in Canada, England, Australia and Italy.
About the Friends of Californians with Disabilities:
Friends of Californians with Disabilities, Inc. a 501(c)(3), is a leader in developing statewide and national partnerships to increase employment and independent living opportunities for people with disabilities. They played a major leadership role in the partnership that created such innovative nationally acclaimed projects as the California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF), the Media Access Office and Awards and the “Windmills” Disability Awareness Diversity Training Program.
About the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation:
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. For more information please visit our website at ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292.
Photos Courtesy of Jeff Knight from Jeff Knight Photography (http://jeffknightphotography.com/) for Diversity News Publications. (C) 2010 All Rights Are Reserved.
Editor’s Note: First, Special Thanks to all the 2010 Media Access Awards Winners and to Newscaster Pat Harvey for hosting a great event. Also to Amy Gorton from Tower Public Relations for treating our photographers like “A” Class and big Thank you to our long time friend Ms. Pamela Greenwalt, Screen Actors Guild Executive Communications Director.