WME is supporting the Inevitable Foundation to advance the development of screenwriters with disabilities in film and television.
In addition to providing unspecified financial support, Hollywood Talent Agency will utilize its television and film literary agents to increase development and writers’ room opportunities for disabled entertainment clerks.
The Inevitable Foundation’s Accelerate Fellows program will recruit creatives on WME’s client roster to mentor screenwriters with disabilities. “Writers from underrepresented groups simply don’t have enough opportunities, and this is even more pronounced among people with disabilities,” WME President Ari Greenburg said in a statement Tuesday.
Endeavor’s subsidiary WME and the Inevitable Foundation, co-founded by Richie Siegel and Marisa Torelli-Pedevska, aim to bring more stories told by screenwriters with disabilities to film and television.
“We are delighted to be partnering with WME to help build creativity in the film and television industry for writers with disabilities. Screenwriters with disabilities account for only 0 of first-time deals and overall deals.15%, 3% of senior TV writers, and less than 1% of WGA. Having an industry powerbroker like WME, fundamentally reshaping the way entertainment values people with disabilities, will be in this fight make a meaningful impact,” Siegel and Torelli-Pedevska said in their own joint statement.
The Inevitable Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to closing the disability representation gap in film and television writers’ rooms. The foundation notes that people with disabilities make up about 20% of the U.S. population, but make up less than 1% of the talent working in the industry, leaving much to be made.
Since launching at 2021 with the financial support of major studios and networks, the Inevitable Foundation through its Accelerated Fellowship, Lift Collective and Promoted to Screenwriters with disabilities provided funding for podcast program.