|Writers Guild West Appoints Producer Kimberly Myers Director of Diversity
LOS ANGELES -- The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) has announced the appointment of producer/development executive Kimberly Myers as the guild's new Director of Diversity, effectively immediately.
“We are pleased to welcome Kimberly to the guild to help strengthen our already solid efforts to increase employment access for all kinds of talented writers, no matter the gender, race, age, sexual orientation, or disability,” commented WGAW Executive Director David Young. “Kimberly's multi-faceted background will help the guild focus not only on working with the entertainment industry to create real opportunities for such worthy writers, but also enforce protected class provisions in our current MBA to help those under-employed and potentially excluded writers raise their authentic voices.”
In addition to designing, developing, and implementing a slate of programs and activities to increase employment access for protected-class writers, including older writers, female writers, writers of color, gay and lesbian writers, and disabled writers, Myers will liaise with production companies, producers, networks, and studios to promote a higher profile for writers of diverse backgrounds. Besides supervising the guild's many member-driven diversity committees, Myers will serve as primary representative and spokesperson for the WGAW in areas of affirmation action and employment access.
Prior to coming to the WGAW, Myers was head of development for feature films, television series, and telefilms at Maya Pictures, a production company dedicated to the American Latino market. Before that, she was vice president for movies and miniseries at Fox Television Studios, where she developed and supervised productions of movies and miniseries for Fox, FX, and other networks, including Deliberate Intent, Little Richard, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, and Ali. Myers also served as vice president of program development at Turner Network (TNT) and produced numerous films, including Jacob for TNT, a film version of Stephen Sondheim's Passion, and telemovies for NBC, CBS, and Lifetime.
Myers had an extensive career in public television as executive director for drama at New York's PBS station, Thirteen/WNET, overseeing such acclaimed projects as Tales from the Hollywood Hills, Hamlet, The Colored Museum, and Largo Desolato. As executive producer on Lawrence After Arabia, she earned an International Emmy for Best Drama. In her role as producer/director of the public television documentary specials City Arts, George C. Wolfe and the Public Theater, A Day at the Met, and Not on Broadway, Myers garnered two NY Emmy Awards.
Myers launched her career in New York as associate producer on Saturday Night Live's film unit, producing original short films for several seasons of the hit late-night comedy show.
While pursuing her career as a producer and development executive, Myers has demonstrated a long-term commitment to social and political issues. She was one of the founding members of NBAB, a mentoring program for at-risk youth in the Pasadena area, and she continues to work with Aprendamos, an education program for new immigrant students.
The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) represents writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable, and new media industries in both entertainment and news. The union conducts numerous programs, seminars, and events throughout the world on issues of interest to, and on behalf of, writers.