TV Acad to fete hearing-impaired

Manning to moderate 'Sign of the Times' tribute

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on July 30 will host a retrospective celebrating 20 years of programming by deaf and hard-of-hearing professionals in the TV industry.

The tribute, titled “Sign of the Times,” will feature a panel discussion including the presidents of the Screen Actors Guild and Writers Guild of America as well as producers, directors, writers and deaf performers.

Actress Marlee Matlin will welcome guests in a pre-taped video address. The evening will be moderated by Sheila Manning. Conrad Bachmann, Nancy Calabrese and Tari Susan Hartman are producing the event.

Panelists will include executive producers Dorothea Petrie and Marian Rees and director Joe Sargent of “Love Is Never Silent”; Stephen Herek, helmer of “Mr. Holland’s Opus”; Donald Petrie, director of “Dead Silence”; Tony Sepulveda, casting director for Warner Brothers TV; and Jennifer Fisher, writer for “Ellen.”

The program begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by a reception at 9 p.m. at the ATAS Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre, North Hollywood. RSVP for tickets at (818) 754-2890, with non-member donation requested at $15 each.

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