Caucus member Loreen Arbus (Center) moderated the “Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0: Disability Through a Brand New Lens” Panel which included Panelists (L-R) Scott Silveri, Creator, Executive Producer Speechless, Allen Rucker, Ben Lewin, Writer/Director The Sessions; and director of features and episodic television, including Speechless, Tanya Hart,The Caucus Co-Chair, Tari Hartman Squire, EIN SOF Communications, Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 and Ruderman TV Challenge, Vin Di Bona, The Caucus Chair’s Council, Angela Rockwood, Actress, Model and Producer, Push Girls and Sandra Mae Frank, Assistant Director Deaf West Theatre’s At Home AT The Zoo @ The Wallis, and Lead Actress Deaf West Theatre’s 2016 Tony Nominated Best Musical Revival Spring Awakening.
Beverly Hills, CA — Loreen Arbus’ generosity focuses on the disable as she moderated the “Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0: Disability Through a Brand New Lens” Panel. The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors presented the event in association with Emerson College held at the Beverly Hills Public Library recently.
Arbus produced the panel with Tari Harman Squire. The panel consisted of Disability experts and innovators which included: Scott Silveri, Creator, Executive Producer Speechless, Allen Rucker, Ben Lewin, Writer/Director The Sessions; and director of features and episodic television, including Speechless, Tari Hartman Squire, EIN SOF Communications, Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 and Ruderman TV Challenge, Angela Rockwood, Actress, Model and Producer, Push Girls and Sandra Mae Frank, Assistant Director Deaf West Theatre’s At Home AT The Zoo @ The Wallis, and Lead Actress Deaf West Theatre’s 2016 Tony Nominated Best Musical Revival Spring Awakening.
Panelists discussed in-depth execution of successful streaming platforms using both Live and Video-On-Demand technologies to distribute and monetize programming and answer the most frequently asked question, “How do you get an audience?” and how to get the Networks involved in hiring the deaf and disabled.
Through the generosity of Loreen Arbus, New York Women in Film and Television has established the Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant.
The film completion grant for $7,500 will be awarded to a woman filmmaker for a film on physical or developmental disability issues. Directors and producers are eligible to apply. http://www.nywift.org/article.aspx?id=LAS
Lorren Arbus explains, “People with disability are the largest minority (20% of Americans) in this world. Yet, only 1.4% of Primetime characters have disabilities, and 95% of Primetime disabled characters are portrayed by performers with disabilities – even though there are over 4,000 disabled performers identified on Breakdown Service’s Actors Access. This is an outrage! Disability is singularly the most overlooked and underrepresented part of every issue-oriented conversation in all forms of media.
I am so grateful to, and proud of The Caucus for its awareness and commitment to making a difference on the minority issues front in hosting our Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 panel and raising awareness about our LCA2.0/Ruderman TV Challenge this pilot season to audition performers with disabilities. With Caucus leadership, we can and will make a difference!”
At the Caucus event, BBDO NY announced its partnership with LCA2.0 and EIN SOF Communications launch of Stories About Us campaign. The program called for submissions of original fiction from the Deaf and disabilities communities. A few talented writers will be given the opportunity to chat live with some amazing storytelling legends and one of those stories will be made into a movie.
Loreen Arbus is the first woman in the United States to head up programming for a national network, a feat accomplished twice (both Showtime and Cable Health Network/Lifetime) and the author of six books. She possesses an extensive, multifaceted history in the entertainment industry — with a solid track record as an executive in network television, pay and basic cable, syndication and the print media; as a consultant to a pay-per-view network, several established and new cable networks; as a writer and as a producer.
The Loreen Arbus Foundation supports a broad scope of charitable interests, including scientific and medical research; women and girls; people with disabilities and other minorities; gender and racial equity in media; the arts; animal rights; the environment and world peace. She currently serves on over a dozen non-profit boards.
About EIN SOF Communications
Tari Hartman Squire’s EIN SOF Communications is the leading strategic marketing and employment consultation firm specializing in disability-inclusive diversity in entertainment, corporate America and the disability community, promoting authentic media images, increased employment and the untapped $220 billion purchasing power of the disability market segment.
Together, The Loreen Arbus Foundation and EIN SOF have joined forces to create Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 (LCA2.0) to increase employment of aspiring media professionals with disabilities, improve disability portrayals and enhance accessible entertainment with captions and audio descriptions. LCA2.0 and Daryl “Chill” Mitchell are co-authoring the Ruderman TV Challenge to increase performers with disabilities in this year’s pilots. http://einsofcommunications.com
About The Caucus for Producer, Writers & Directors
The Caucus is leading the evolution of television by providing a creative forum for
Producers, Writers and Directors to explore the issues of the ever-changing landscape of content and exhibition. The Caucus is proud of its rich history and esteemed membership of television innovators. For over 40 years, The Caucus has provided an opportunity for the best and the brightest talent to network and voice the ‘creative conscience’ of the Television Industry. Today, we continue to stand for better and meaningful content across all platforms. As Producers, Writers and Directors we support a working environment that fosters, through our various programs, the best content that we can create for our audiences.
In addition to its professional membership, The Caucus is proud of its non-profit work through The Caucus Foundation. Established in 2000 to help launch the careers of future entertainment professionals in film, television and emerging media; The Foundation provides completion grants to student thesis productions from accredited universities and colleges. To date The Caucus Foundation Grant Program has given over $1.6 million dollars in cash and in kind awards.
Current members of The Caucus also include: JJ Abrams, Kevin Bright, James Burrows, Suzanne de Passe, Vin Di Bona, Dennis Doty, Chuck Fries, Tom Hanks, Tanya Hart, Charles Floyd Johnson, Lee Miller, Bob Papazian, Norman Powell, Herman Rush and others leading producers, writers and directors.