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Kimberly Manky

RespectAbility Children’s Content Lab for Disabled TV Creators, 2022

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Kimberly Manky

Kimberly Manky (she/her) is a writer based in Victoria, Canada, on the ancestral, unceded territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) people. Originally from a very small town in Northern Canada, with the highest violent crime rate in Canada (not her fault), Kimberly grew up watching a lot of TV. At the age of 13, and inspired by SNL sketches, Kimberly approached the local cable access station and created her own sketch series. Loser Friendly was widely regarded as “Must See TV” (by her parents).

Recently, Kimberly was a writer on ABCmouse’s animated children’s series Everybody’s Garden, which focuses on teaching lessons of diversity, equity, and cultural humility. She has written for ABCmouse, Rakuten, Disney Interactive, and Oh My Disney, creating shorts, sharable content, and quizzes like, “Which Golden Girl Are You?” (Dorothy, FYI). Her comedic TV pilots, specs, and screenplays have placed in numerous screenwriting competitions, and she was a finalist in the Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship and a semifinalist in The Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. She is a Fellow of RespectAbility’s Lab for Entertainment Professionals with Disabilities (2022).

She has studied Screenwriting at Oxford, Contextual Theology at St. Mellitus College, and received a Master’s Degree (Honors) from the University of London in Screenwriting and Narrative Fiction. Kimberly has also taken Sketch Writing with Upright Citizens Brigade and Improvisation with the Groundlings.

Kimberly aims to facilitate change and combat public stigmas and self-stigma around mental health and disabilities. She hopes that her writing can bring awareness, empathy and understanding to these common human experiences.

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After an extensive search and interview process, 15 individuals were invited to participate in RespectAbility’s inaugural cohort of the Children’s Content Lab. This new Lab provides education and training for disabled writers, animators, and creative executives interested in preschool and children’s television and streaming content. Supported by Netflix’s Fund for Creative Equity, the Children’s Content Lab spans five weeks and includes in-person programming in New York City with production partners 9 Story Media Group and Silvergate Media, a part of Sony Pictures Television.

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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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