Media Advisory: June 9, 2011

Hollywood Guilds Join Forces With First Lady Michelle Obama and Military Families

WHAT: 
An important conversation with First Lady Michelle Obama about her Joining Forces initiative and military family members who will share inspirational stories of service and sacrifice of active duty service men and women, veterans and the military families who serve alongside our soldiers. In response to the JOINING FORCES initiative launched by the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden in April, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild of America, Producers Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild, and the Writers Guild of America, West formed a Joining Forces Inter-Guild Task Force to provide creative and production support for the program and to inform and inspire their memberships about the service of America’s military families. Monday’s discussion will shed light on the unique challenges military families face and showcase the families’ strength, resilience and service to our nation. Participants will also discuss ways in which entertainment content can better reflect this American reality.
 
The panel, moderated by writer/director J. J. Abrams (Super 8, Fringe) and also featuring Army Wives creator Katherine Fugate, is co-sponsored by the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Directors Guild of America (DGA), Producers Guild of America (PGA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW).

WHEN:
First Lady Michelle Obama
will discuss these topics with military family members on Monday, June 13, at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) in the Writers Guild of America, West Theater in Beverly Hills. The panelists will be available for photo opportunities following the event.

WHERE: 
WGA Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Limited parking is available in nearby garages adjacent theater on Doheny south of Wilshire Blvd.

CREDENTIALS & SECURITY CLEARANCE (REQUIRED):  Media must credential through the White House. To credential, please RSVP to firstladypress@who.eop.gov by Thursday, June 9th at 5 p.m. EDT.

ALL PRESS MUST CREDENTIAL THROUGH THE WHITE HOUSE AT firstladypress@who.eop.gov by the deadline on Thursday, June 9th at 5 p.m.  EDT.

MEDIA SECURITY CLEARANCE: Security and clearance requirements will be provided to credentialed media once confirmed. RSVP for credentials.

WHO: AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS (additional interview opportunities to follow)

Army Wives creator and WGAW Board of Directors member Katherine Fugate

MORE:
Every day, America’s military families make remarkable sacrifices for our freedom and safety and serve alongside our troops. Join us as we explore opportunities to share the stories of military families through film, television, and digital media. The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild of America, Producers Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild and the Writers Guild of America West have formed a Joining Forces Inter-Guild Task Force to provide creative and production support for the Joining Forces program and to inform, inspire and engage with their respective memberships about the invaluable service provided our nation by America’s military families. View PSA of the First Lady and Dr. Biden discussing the Joining Forces initiative at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-URRStJJ9E

EDITOR NOTE:
Hosted by:
John Wells, WGAW President
Dustin Lance Black (Milk)
Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious)
Katherine Fugate (Army Wives)
Damon Lindelof (Lost)

CONTACTS: 
Please contact Pam Greenwalt at Screen Actors Guild to request possible confirmation after the Thursday deadline or to coordinate SAG opportunities.
Pamela Greenwalt  pgreenwalt@sag.org 323-549-6872

For Guild press opportunities with AFTRA, DGA, PGA and WGAW contact:
AFTRA, Christopher de Haan, cdehaan@aftra.com, (323) 634-8203
DGA , Sahar Moridani, smoridani@dga.org, (310) 289-5333
PGA , Kelly Mullens, kkmullens@42west.net, (323) 477-4442
WGAW, Gregg Mitchell, Gregg Mitchell, (323) 782-4574