As networks become more aware of the demand for representation of marginalized communities in their series, one community, in particular, is in need of some shine: those with disabilities. In a landmark move, CBS has become the first entertainment company to sign the Ruderman Family Foundation’s pledge to commit to auditioning actors with disabilities. A leader in disability inclusion, the Ruderman Family Foundation has been on a campaign to improve the portrayal of disabilities in entertainment, and increasing the number of roles that cast actors with disabilities. They have made a call of action to studios, networks and production companies to make the commitment of auditioning actors with disabilities with each new production picked up to series — and CBS is the first to commit. Related Story Film & TV Diversity: What Changed In 2019 And What’s Next In 2020 “We take pride in our commitment to cast and hire people with disabilities in our productions,” CBS Entertainment EVP, Diversity, Inclusion & Communications Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i said. “We salute the Ruderman Family Foundation for advocating for this very achievable and important goal.” When it comes to inclusion of the disabled communities in television programming, CBS has already started. NCIS: New Orleans… Read full this story
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