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The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors, By Adrienne Papp

By Adrienne Papp 


Loreen Arbus Moderates

The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors in Association with Emerson College

“Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0: Disability Through a Brand New Lens” Panel



MODERATOR: Loreen Arbus, President, Loreen Arbus Productions Inc.



Ben Lewin, Writer/Director The Sessions; and director of features and episodic television, including Speechless

Angela Rockwood, Actress, Model and Producer, Push Girls and Charlie’s Angels

Allen Rucker, Chair, WGA Committee of Writers with Disabilities, Author Best Seat In The House

Scott Silveri, Creator, Executive Producer Speechless

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 Musicial Revival Spring Awakening

Tari Hartman Squire, EIN SOF Communications, Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 and Ruderman TV Challenge

Loreen Arbus and Tari Hartman Squire, Event Producers

Tanya Hart and Bob Papazian, The Caucus Co-Chairs

Chuck Fries, The Caucus Event Chair

Dennis Doty, The Caucus Panel Chair

Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0: Disability Through a Brand New Lens, an industry panel explores talent with disabilities in front of and behind the camera in Television, Features and Streaming that is presented by The Caucus For Producers, Writers & Directors in association with Emerson College.

20% of Americans have a disability, yet according to the Ruderman Family Foundation White Paper on Disability in Television, 95% of television characters with disabilities are portrayed by non-disabled actors. The Caucus of Producers, Writers and Directors and Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 are presenting this event to raise disability awareness in the entertainment industry on how best to increase employment in front of and behind the camera and improve authentic portrayals.



About Loreen Arbus and Foundation

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.

She currently serves on over a dozen non-profit boards including: Women Moving Millions; Paley Center For Media; Women’s Media Center; The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation; Harvard Kennedy School of Government Women’s Leadership Board; Harvard School of Public Health; Harvard Medical School Advisory Committee for Neurobiology; Visionary Women; Town Hall Los Angeles; and Salome’ Chamber Orchestra.

Ms. Arbus has served as a two-term Governor for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She is a member of the Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors, the Writers Guild, the Producers Guild, the Author’s Guild and SAG-AFTRA.

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.


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.


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, and others leading producers, writers and directors.


About Adrienne Papp:  Adrienne Papp is a recognized journalist, economist and feature writer, who has written for many publications including SavoirThe Westside Today Publications ; such as Beverly Hills 90210Malibu BeachSanta Monica SunThe Beverly Hills TimesBrentwood NewsBel-Air View ; Celebrity Society ; Celeb Staff It Magazine;  Chic Today;  LA2DAY;  West Side Today among many others. She is the President and CEO of Los Angeles / New York-based publicity company, Atlantic Publicity and publishing house, Atlantic Publisher. Adrienne writes about world trends, Quantum Physics, entertainment and interviews celebrities, world leaders, inventors, philanthropists and entrepreneurs. She also owns Atlantic United Films that produces and finances true stories made for theatrical release or the silver screen. Spotlight News Magazine is owned by Atlantic Publicity that just opened a new extension to it : PublicityLosAngelesAdrienne Papp is a member of the International Press Academy.She is the Founder, CEO and President  of Youthful & Ageless ™, Bringing Information to Billions™, An Honorable Cause™ www.OurMediaVenuesAndCompanies.comAtlantic Publicity ArticlesLatest Ageless, Events Photo Collection, Linked In Profile, Movie Data Base  Profile, Twitter, InstagramYouthful and Ageless Google+, Atlantic Publicity Google+, Atlantic Publisher Google+Adrienne Papp Google+, Adrienne Papp Personal Google+Spotlight News Magazine, Atlantic Publicity Productions, Atlantic Altitude, Altitude Pacific, Atlantic Publicity Photography and Filming, About Adrienne Papp   What Others Say  AtlanticPublicitySEOBrilliantMarketing365An Honorable CauseAcademic ResearchKnighthood Today,    Youthful and Ageless™Adrienne Papp is a Press Member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Voting Member of  The International Press Academy. Adrienne Papp is a Registered Credentialed Journalist of the Yearly Cannes Film Festival and the Film Festivals database.
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