*While in Hollywood Monday to film an episode of Nickelodeon’s “iCarly,” First Lady Michelle Obama joined a panel of military family members in an event hosted by AFTRA, DGA, PGA (the Producers Guild), SAG and WGA in Los Angeles to promote her initiative supporting military families, the Joining Forces program.
“The wars are coming to a close, but the real work continues,” said Obama in remarks before a crowd of 400 invited guests at the WGA theater. “I urge you to do what you do best: Be creative, funny, dramatic and move us.”
The above groups have formed a task force charged with providing support to the Joining Forces program, coordinated by producer Bruce Cohen. In addition, AFTRA president Roberta Reardon told The Hollywood Reporter that the union will be creating training programs for veterans seeking to enter the entertainment industry.
After the panel, she taped her appearance on “iCarly” to talk about Joining Forces. As previously reported, the show’s leading character is the daughter of an American service member currently stationed overseas. At the panel, she said that, although she had studied her lines, she was “terrified” at the prospect of appearing on the show.
Announced during the panel was an upcoming series of three Joining Forces PSAs starring Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey. They’re set to air starting in July. In addition, Grammy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated songwriter Dianne Warren has donated an original, unreleased song, entitled “Compass” and performed by Grammy and CMA Award-winning country stars Rascal Flatts, for use in the PSA campaign.
FLOTUS also spent time in Los Angeles on Monday attending campaign fundraising events in Pasadena and Bel Air.