2014 Austin Film Festival and Conference Schedule
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Ursula Lawrence

Lead Strategic Organizer, Writers Guild of America, East
Ursula Lawrence is Lead Strategic Organizer for the Writers Guild of America, East. She oversees the Guild’s efforts in independent film and digital media, building Guild membership and helping writers in those areas achieve the rights and benefits that come with working under a WGAE contract. She also works closely with producers on contract issues and recently helped adapt the WGAE’s Low Budget Feature Agreement to bring it more in line with the realities of ultra-low and microbudget films. Ursula represents the WGAE at film festivals and regularly appears on panels at industry conferences. Prior to working at the WGAE  Ursula was at the Directors Guild of America – where she worked as a rep for directors of feature films, television shows, broadcast news and commercials. She graduated with honors from Oberlin College and achieved candidacy for the PhD in Sociology at the University of Michigan before leaving academia to pursue a career in the entertainment unions.