NBCUniversal said Friday that actors with disabilities will be included in auditions for all new productions by the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, NBC network and Peacock streaming service. Above, actress Eileen Grubba in a scene from New Amsterdam.
About this time each year, as hurricane season ramps up, the FCC issues a notice reminding television broadcasters and other video providers of their obligations to make accessible emergency information to all of the populations which may be using their services – especially if parts of the audience cannot see or hear the emergency information that the service is transmitting. The FCC this week released that notice for this year, with a couple of new wrinkles.
For many actors with disabilities, their progress in Hollywood has lagged behind that of other minority performers demanding to be seen and hired. The reasons are complex, insiders and observers say, including unfounded concerns about added production costs, disability stereotypes and an industry clinging to entrenched habits.