The award will be presented during the WIFTA Anniversary Gala & Awards Ceremony at the Georgia World Congress Center’s, Thomas Murphy Ballroom in Atlanta. The ceremony is set to be an unforgettable event.
“WIFTA is extremely proud to honor Maria Howell and Melissa McBride with the 2013 Georgian Award in recognition of both women's stellar accomplishments as seasoned professionals in our industry,” says Cheryl Jenkins, WIFTA President.
In addition to the awards ceremony, the fundraising event will also include a VIP reception, rising star entertainment, dinner and a silent auction. The proceeds of the event will enable WIFTA to continue to provide exceptional educational programming, networking opportunities and professional resources in support of women in film and television throughout the year. The WIFTA 39th Annual Gala Awards Ceremony & Dinner, which is open to the public, will be held on October 20, 2013 at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) in the Thomas Murphy Ballroom (bldg B) starting at 7:30pm. GWCC is located at 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. NW Atlanta, GA. Those interested in participating in the event--as a sponsor, silent auction donor or attendee--should visit http://www.WIFTA.org/
About Maria Howell
Maria Howell stars as Grace in NBC's "Revolution."
About Melissa McBride
Melissa McBride is an actress and former casting director best known for her role as "Carol Peletier" in the AMC series The Walking Dead. She was born in Lexington, KY and began acting in film and on television in the early 1990s. Melissa made her debut on television in 1993 on an episode of the ABC legal drama Matlock and in later years appeared in TV movies, such as In the Heat of the Night: Give Me Your Life, Her Deadly Rival, Close to Danger, Any Place But Home, Nathan Dixon and Pirates of Silicon Valley. In 1996 she appeared on the CBS miniseries A Season in Purgatory, based on the 1993 novel with the same name by Dominick Dunne. Melissa has guest starred in several television series, including "American Gothic," "Profiler," "Walker, Texas Ranger" and "Dawson's Creek. In 2007, director Frank Darabont cast Melissa as the "Woman With Kids at Home" in the ensemble cast science-fiction horror film "The Mist" based on the 1980 novella of the same name by Stephen King. Melissa worked as a film and commercial casting director in Atlanta, Georgia from 2000 until 2010.
Women In Film & Television Atlanta (WIFTA), a 501c-3 Georgia non-profit, is a member-based professional organization affiliated with other Women In Film chapters around the world. Since our inception in 1974, the Atlanta chapter has proudly had a membership community of multi-generational and culturally diverse professionals, which include producers, directors, actors, entertainment attorneys, camera and sound technicians, film editors, graphic design artists, make-up artists, wardrobe specialists, screenwriters, talent agents and casting directors. WIFTA is dedicated to improving the status and portrayal of women in film, television, video, and other screen based media by offering opportunities for media makers to connect, create, champion and inspire. Women In Film & Television Atlanta (WIFTA), a 501c-3 Georgia non-profit, is a member-based organization for creative media professionals.