RespectAbility Children’s Content Lab for Disabled TV Creators, 2022
Tyler Hoog grew up in Longmont, Colorado where he spent summers playing baseball and winters inside hiding from the snow. On August 28th, 2011 the trajectory of Tyler’s life changed forever when a vehicular accident left him with a C3/C4 spinal cord injury, permanently paralyzing him from the neck down. Two years later he would go onto the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he got his Bachelors in Communications and a Minor in Writing for the Screen and Stage. Tyler’s passion for storytelling would bring him back west to the glimmering streets of tinsel town as he would go to get his Master’s from the University of Southern California’s John Wells Division of Writing for Film and Television. While at USC, Tyler served as a liaison for the Swim With My Scholarship where he would advocate on behalf of the organization to help ensure the program’s growth. After graduating from USC, Tyler began his partnership with RespectAbility, a Disability nonprofit focused on improving the lives of people with disabilities. He was a part of their inaugural Hollywood Fellowship in 2019 and became a communications fellow in 2021. During this time, Tyler wrote several articles about adequate inclusion of people’s disabilities in film and television and began his consulting career. Tyler has consulted At NBC, Netflix, AppleTV, and Disney+. Along with working on independent projects to ensure quality representation of people with disabilities. Tyler currently lives in Burbank California with a gremlin cleverly disguised as a cat named Momo.
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.