RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2020
Sana Hussein is a recent college graduate from Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. After graduation, she decided to chase her dream of becoming a storyteller instead of going to law school. She soon worked for Endemol Shine North America as an intern and it was there that she created a half-hour TV pilot and pitched it to development executives. Her pilot went on to become a finalist in the MPAC & Disney/ABC Television Group TV Comedy Lab. She also “almost won” Issa Rae and Paul Feig’s Teen Movie Contest. When she’s not writing screenplays, she’s studying for her business graduate degree because she loves having a backup plan. Sana is slowly inching towards her dream of becoming a professional storyteller that unites a global audience through socially and culturally relevant content. In her free time, she runs CreativeWOC which helps women of color find jobs, internships, and fellowships in the entertainment industry.
After an extensive search and interview process, 30 individuals were invited to participate in RespectAbility’s Summer 2020 Lab for Entertainment Professionals. This 5-week, 15-session virtual summer Lab series for people interested in – and with experience in – development, production and post-production, including careers as writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, animators and other production roles, will take place June 16 – July 16, 2020. Participants include diverse people with physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health and other disabilities. Learn more: www.respectability.org/respectability-la-lab.
This program, which continues building the talent pipeline of young professionals with disabilities looking to work behind the scenes, is made possible with support by:
- Platinum Sponsors: Murray/Reese Foundation and The Walt Disney Company
- Gold Sponsors: Cast & Crew, Comcast NBCUniversal and Final Draft
- Silver Sponsors: Fox Corporation and Sony Pictures Entertainment