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CBS Entertainment Pledges to Audition Actors with Disabilities

CBS Entertainment has signed the Ruderman Family Foundation’s Audition Pledge, a commitment to audition actors with disabilities for new productions picked up to series. The company, which includes CBS Television Studios and CBS All Access, is the first in the industry to respond to the advocacy organization’s request for increased disabled representation.

“We take pride in our commitment to cast and hire people with disabilities in our productions,” CBS Entertainment EVP of diversity, inclusion, communications Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i said. “We salute the Ruderman Family Foundation for advocating for this very achievable and important goal.”

CBS’ “NCIS: New Orleans” was one of four shows to receive a Seal of Authentic Representation from Ruderman in May for their casting of Daryl “Chill” Mitchell in the role of agent Patton Plame who uses a wheelchair throughout the show. ABC’s now-canceled “Speechless,” and Netflix’s “Special” and “The OA” were the three other shows honored with the seal, which recognizes shows that cast disabled actors with substantive speaking parts.

“The Ruderman Family Foundation commends CBS for its leadership in becoming the first major media company to pledge to audition actors with disabilities for roles in their productions,” Foundation president Jay Ruderman said in a statement regarding CBS’ signing. ”It is our hope that other major media companies will follow their lead and foster opportunities that will lead to more authentic representation of people with

Article source: https://variety.com/2019/biz/news/cbs-audition-actors-disabilities-1203247646/

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