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The Alliance of Women Directors Reveal Gabourey Sidibe & More Presenters For First Awards Show — Exclusive

The Alliance of Women Directors Reveal Gabourey Sidibe & More Presenters For First Awards Show — Exclusive

Indiewire can exclusively report that the Alliance of Women Directors (AWD) will be presenting its inaugural AWD Awards and Benefit on Thursday, April 28 at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. Among the honorees are Greg Berlanti, Ilene Chaiken, the nonprofit film-production organization We Do It Together (WDIT) and Jen McGowan, who will be receiving the AWD Breakout Award for excellence in directing.

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Writer/producer/director Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash” and “Supergirl”) will be presented with his award by Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals”), with whom he’s collaborated on several projects. Chaiken (“Empire,” “The L Word”), meanwhile, will be accepting her award from Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious”). “It’s a great honor to be recognized by the AWD for having had the privilege of advocating for and employing so many incredibly gifted women directors,” said the showrunner. “We all will be richly rewarded for creating change for the better.” Accepting the award for WDIT are founder Chiara Tilesi and board-member Albert Berger; McGowan (“Kelly and Cal”) will be honored by “Empire” executive producer/director Sanaa Hamri.

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A Los Angeles–based nonprofit, the AWD was founded in 1997 as a means of supporting, educating and advocating for women directors in film, television and new media. It currently boasts a membership of more than 250.

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