"Drop Dead Diva" special screening and Q&A at Outfest this Sunday, July 17 at the DGA


A Special Events panel with the cast and creative team of Lifetime’s comedic drama series “Drop Dead Diva” will be held during Outfest, this Sunday, July 17, at the Directors Guild of America (7920 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood ) at 1:00 p.m., following a screening of a never-before-broadcast episode inspired by the headline-making true story of Constance McMillen, a lesbian teen who successfully sued her Mississippi high school for the right to bring her girlfriend to prom.

Panelists will include “Drop Dead Diva” cast member Margaret Cho, special guest star Clay Aiken, series creator/ executive producer Josh Berman and director/co-executive producer Jamie Babbit, as well Adam Waters (GSA Advisor of the Year). Additional appearances by “Drop Dead Diva” series regulars Ben Feldman, April Bowlby and Kate Levering and special guest star Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

The one-hour, comedic drama tells the story of a shallow wannabe model who dies in a sudden accident only to find her soul resurfacing in the body of a brilliant, plus size and recently deceased attorney, Jane. Produced by Sony Pictures Television, Drop Dead Diva features breakout star Brooke Elliott (Wicked, Taboo), Margaret Cho (Dancing with the Stars, Notorious C.H.O.), Jackson Hurst (Living Proof), Kate Levering ( Cashmere Mafia), April Bowlby (Two and a Half Men), Josh Stamberg (Lie to Me) and Ben Feldman (The Perfect Man).

“The Prom” episode airs Sunday, July 24 at 9pm ET/PT on Lifetime and features guest stars Wanda Sykes, Clay Aiken, Lance Bass and Amanda Bearse. While struggling with the idea of Dr. Kendall still dating other women, Jane focuses on work when she represents a high school lesbian couple after they are denied the right to attend their prom together. The storyline was inspired by Constance McMillen’s case against her Mississippi high school.


Outfest is the leading organization showcasing, nurturing and preserving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film images and artistry. For 29 years Outfest has led the charge, spotlighting emerging talent, creating community between filmmakers and audiences and offering a world-class forum for stories that reflect and often transform LGBT lives. The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is the oldest continuous film festival in Southern California . In addition to the 163 films (67 features and 96 shorts) from 25 countries, Outfest hosts over a dozen panels and special events at seven venues across Los Angeles including West Hollywood, Hollywood , Santa Monica and Downtown.

For more information about the 2011 Outfest and purchasing tickets, please log on to www.Outfest.org .