RespectAbility Children’s Content Lab for Disabled TV Creators, 2022
Ty Freedman is a children’s media writer, a champion preschool educator, and a former circus clown who writes wildly comedic, specific, and personal characters based on the hundreds of students he’s taught over the years, his life growing up in a bakery (literally upstairs) and the brand new info-to-him of a late in life Autism diagnosis. Ty is the creator, writer, and star of the award-winning kids’ cooking show, Ty the Pie Guy where he produced over 20 episodes with 134 WEST productions. Most recently Ty has written scripts for Wildbrain/DHX’s Strawberry Shortcake and was commissioned to write a pilot about Autistic Superheroes. Ty is an alum of Centennial College’s Post-Graduate program in Children’s Media and the 2021 Respect Ability Summer LAB for filmmakers. He is repped as a writer by Real Life Pictures.
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.