First Lady to discuss military family integration with WGA, SAG

First Lady Michelle Obama will meet June 13 with reps of the Hollywood guilds as part of her two-month old Joining Forces military families initiative.

The meeting, set for the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, will include 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 as part of a Joining Forces Inter-Guild Task Force to provide creative and production support.

The morning event, announced Friday, is aimed at discussing the stories and issues of today’s military families so that their experiences can be integrated into film, television and digital media.

“The entertainment industry has the opportunity to help Americans learn more about the unique challenges and needs of military families and to showcase the families’ strength, resilience and service to our nation,” the announcement said. “The Guilds have joined Mrs. Obama’s effort to ensure America’s military families have the support and recognition they have earned.”

The First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden officially launched the initiative at an April 12 event at the White House, announcing that the major entertainment guilds had come on board along with Sesame Street, NASCAR, AandE Lifetime Networks, AOL, USO, Nickelodeon, the Country Music Channel, Disney ABC, Pixar and Major League Baseball.

Katherine Fugate, a member of the WGA West’s board, attended the event due to her worked in creating and exec producing Lifetime’s ”Army Wives,” which centers on the struggles of military families living on an Army base. The WGA West has said it’s participating in the Joining Forces initiative by conducting a series of workshops connecting Hollywood’s TV and screenwriters with military families and veterans to share their experiences.

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