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‘Speechless’ Big Winner as Media Access Awards Salute People With Disabilities

18 November 2016 7:57 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

People with disabilities — aka the world’s invisible minority — were saluted Friday at the annual Media Access Awards, with producer John Murray reminding that their presence onscreen is not just appropriate, “it’s also good business.”

Murray (“The Real World,” “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”) was given the PGA George Sunga Award, one of seven prizes handed out at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. Murray said that people with disabilities, or Pwd, “have been placed on the margins and sidelines of TV.” He pointed out that his A&E reality-show “Born This Way,” about seven individuals with Down syndrome, increased viewership more than 80% during its first season, so depiction “is not only the right thing to do, it’s also good business.”

Scott Silveri, creator-writer of ABC’s “Speechless,” was a double winner. He and fellow producers Melvin Mar and Jake Kasdan were honored for series with the SAG-aftra Disability Awareness Award, while »

- Tim Gray

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‘Speechless’ Big Winner as Media Access Awards Salute People With Disabilities

18 November 2016 7:57 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

People with disabilities — aka the world’s invisible minority — were saluted Friday at the annual Media Access Awards, with producer John Murray reminding that their presence onscreen is not just appropriate, “it’s also good business.”

Murray (“The Real World,” “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”) was given the PGA George Sunga Award, one of seven prizes handed out at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. Murray said that people with disabilities, or Pwd, “have been placed on the margins and sidelines of TV.” He pointed out that his A&E reality-show “Born This Way,” about seven individuals with Down syndrome, increased viewership more than 80% during its first season, so depiction “is not only the right thing to do, it’s also good business.”

Scott Silveri, creator-writer of ABC’s “Speechless,” was a double winner. He and fellow producers Melvin Mar and Jake Kasdan were honored for series with the SAG-aftra Disability Awareness Award, »

- Tim Gray

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Michael Imperioli’s Amazon Show ‘Mad Dogs’ Isn’t About ‘Going out and Having a Good Time Anymore’

21 January 2016 4:06 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ben Chaplin, who stars in Amazon’s new original dark comedy “Mad Dogs,” revealed that the most trying part of his portrayal of Joel, a depressed teacher estranged from his wife and children, was effectively communicating the character’s depression in a way that wouldn’t bore audiences.

“The most challenging part of playing the character was trying to play somebody who is struggling with depression and with seeing the negative side of everything, and just trusting that that’s not really boring and irritating to watch,” Chaplin told Variety Wednesday at the Los Angeles premiere, which was held at the Pacific Design Center’s Silver Screen Theater.

Mad Dogs” is based on a 2011 British TV series of the same name — which also starred Chaplin, but in the role of Alvo. The series follows a middle-aged group of longtime male friends as they travel to Belize to reunite. Their vacation ultimately goes awry, »

- Alyssa Sage

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