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Headshots of 20 RespectAbility 2022 in-person Entertainment Lab Participants

Emily Timmerman

RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2022

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Emily Timmerman

Emily Timmerman is a writer and producer from Saint Louis, MO. She writes female-driven stories, inspired by her own life experiences living prior to and with her acquired non-visible disabilities. Timmerman’s production credits range from music videos and gritty narratives, to creative shorts, commercial profiles, and corporate work. She co-produces MCA Day, a charity concert in Brooklyn, NY, honoring Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys. She produced, wrote, directed, and starred in a four-part American Female trailer suite. Screenings were held across USA, Europe, and Asia.

St. Louis Mayor Slay crowned Timmerman “Most Romantic St. Louis Author” in response to her debut novel, American Female. The audiobook was recorded at Nelly’s E.I. Studios, and became a contender at the Grammys.

She is editor of the musical biography “Jon B: R U Still Down?”, and the forthcoming “Deep Inside: Story of Mary J. Blige.”

Timmerman studied film production and editing in New York under award-winning broadcast journalist Samson Styles, “the first to report news with a du-rag and fitted,” Michael Rosenblum, creator of CurrentTV, sold to AlJazeera, and former BBC executive Lisa Lambden. Her disabilities have evolved over the years, beginning with a multi-level cervical spinal cord injury, and resulting in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and severe allodynia. Timmerman holds a BA in Sociology, MA in Political Science, and has a background in government and non-profits.

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After an extensive search and interview process, 20 individuals were invited to participate in the Los Angeles Cohort of RespectAbility’s 2022 Entertainment Lab taking place June 7 – July 14, 2022. This 6-week, 18-session Lab aims to further develop and elevate the talent pipeline of diverse professionals with disabilities working behind-the-scenes in television, film, and streaming. Participants include people with physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health, and other disabilities ranging in age from people in their 20’s through their 50’s. The Lab is a recipient of The Roddenberry Foundation Impact Award.

The Los Angeles Cohort of the 2022 Entertainment Lab is made possible with support by:

  • Platinum Sponsors: Murray/Reese Foundation and Netflix
  • Gold Sponsors: The Harnisch Foundation, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and The Walt Disney Company
  • Silver Sponsors: Hollywood Foreign Press Association Charitable Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, and NBCUniversal
  • Location Sponsors: Bunim-Murray Productions, DreamWorks Animation, Endeavor, Lionsgate, Nielsen, and ROSIES Foundation

Meet the Author

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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