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Lesley Hennen

RespectAbility’s Entertainment Media Consulting Team

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Lesley Hennen

Lesley Hennen is a writer, producer, and recovering publicist currently based in Los Angeles. She holds a B.A. from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and is also a graduate of The Second City’s Harold Ramis Film School, where she honed her niche of telling female-driven dark comedies, often inspired by her own life experiences of living with a physical disability. Lesley’s original pilot script, Uninspired, won “Best of Fest” at the 2020 Women in Comedy Festival’s “Pitch Your First Five Pages” competition, presented by HBO, and recently advanced to the Quarterfinalist stage of Atlanta Film Festival’s 2021 Screenplay Competition. Lesley’s original pilot script, Walk & Roll also recently placed as a Finalist in WeScreenplay’s Diverse Voices Lab, WeScreenplay’s TV Pilot Contest, as well as a Semifinalist in ScreenCraft’s TV Pilot Contest.

In 2020, Lesley was accepted into RespectAbility’s Summer Lab Program for Entertainment Professionals with Disabilities. After completing the program, Lesley continues to work with RespectAbility, facilitating consultation requests from studios, production companies, and independent filmmakers in an effort to promote more authentic representations of people with disabilities on-screen, as well as more inclusive working environments for people with disabilities behind the camera.

About RespectAbility’s Entertainment Media Consulting Team

Comprised of diverse people with disabilities, RespectAbility’s entertainment media consultants partner with studios, production companies, writers’ rooms and news organizations to create equitable and accessible opportunities to increase the number of people with lived disability experience throughout the overall story-telling process. Learn more about the team.

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Eric Ascher

Eric Ascher is the Communications Associate for RespectAbility. He is responsible for supporting RespectAbility’s Vice President, Communications in developing and implementing advocacy efforts and communications of various types. Ascher manages RespectAbility’s social media channels, website and emails; organizes and develops webinars; and supervises Communications Fellows.

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