Exec named employment access director

The Writers Guild of America West has tapped former CBS exec Sonja B. Augustine its employment access director.

“Sonja brings a unique set of legal and programming skills to the Writers Guild of America West’s diversity effort,” exec director John McLean said. “With her dynamic personality, I have no doubt she will open new doors within the industry.”

Augustine, who fills the slot vacated recently by Zara Taylor, said, “The challenge is to ensure that all writers have access to compete in the marketplace. That will require creative and innovative approaches.”

Augustine was director of current programming at CBS for five years until 1998, supervising series production and script development on “Rescue 911,” “Dave’s World,” “Family Matters,” “The Cosby Show” and “Diagnosis: Murder.” More recently, Augustine worked as a collateral investigator for the U.S. Probation Office and an administrative law clerk to U.S. District Court Judges Consuelo B. Marshall and Terry J. Hatter.

Augustine also served as a domestic policy aide to U.S. Sen. John Glenn and later joined the Bryan Cave law firm as a litigation associate. She recently served on the board of governors of the Women Lawyers Assn. of Los Angeles.

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