First Ever Disability Loop Group on Sony Pictures Studio Lot

Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Launches First Disability Loop Group on Sony Pictures Studio Lot

Author: Southern California Easter Stamps
Published: 2024/02/26 – Updated: 2024/02/27
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Synopsis: Easterseals Disability Film Challenge has created the first disability loop group launched with a recent EDFC workshop at the Sony Pictures Entertainment studio. Bringing together the world’s first group of disabled people to learn skills from some of the world’s best entertainment professionals will create jobs for more people with disabilities and allow them to not only authentically portray their disabilities on screen, but also appear in non-film programs. traditional roles, which is the sole objective of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge.

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The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge (EDFC) has created the first disability circular group. The group launched with a recent EDFC workshop held at the Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) studio that included training, feedback and advice from animation executives. SPE has been a key sponsor and host of EDFC for six years.

A loop group is a group of actors involved in recording audio for edited programming during post-production. Loop Groups provide background noise and audio clips that enrich the soundscape in movies, television shows, video games, and commercials. Loop groups bring video-based projects to life by creating an atmosphere and giving a feeling of authenticity.

The initiative follows the casting of EDFC founder and director Nic Novicki as Lego Spider-Man and long-time Film Challenge participant Danielle Perez as Sun-Spider in the Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation film, Oscar® nominated and critically acclaimed. Spider-Man™: Across the Spider-Verse. Both Perez and Novicki are actors with disabilities who were recommended for their roles in the film by Academy Award®-winning writers and producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, long-time supporters of the Film Challenge.

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Easterseals Disability Film Challenge founder and director Nic Novicki (left) played Lego Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. Danielle Perez was cast as Sun-Spider as a direct result of her participation in the Film Challenge.


In addition to Novicki and Pérez, the loop group is made up of other talented actors who have a disability and have voice-over experience in addition to acting careers and who have previously worked on such successful Sony Pictures television shows as stronger milk, The good doctor, SMASH, The best in Los Angeles, Atypical, crazy dogs and drop dead diva. Members to date include Domonique Brown, Sommer Carbuccia, Francine Daniels, Tobias Forrest, Eileen Grubba, Diana Elizabeth Jordan, Gwyn LaRee, Mark Povinelli, Natalie Trevonne and Kurt Yaeger.

Novicki said;

“Bringing together the world’s first group of disabled people to learn skills from some of the world’s best entertainment professionals will create jobs for more people with disabilities, which is the sole goal of the Film Challenge. This opportunity not only allows us to portray our disabilities in the screen, but in non-traditional roles. Thank you to Sony Pictures for their continued support over the years and for hosting the inaugural group on the lot and for providing us with such invaluable advice!”

According to the CDC, 25% of United States residents, more than 61 million people, have a disability, making it the largest minority population today. However, according to a study released last summer by USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, the number of disabled speaking characters in a major motion picture was just 1.9% in 20221. GLAAD also released a report in 2022 that found that only 2.8% of series regulars on primetime television broadcasts (22 out of 775) were characters with disabilities. And according to the most recent study from the Ruderman Family Foundation, about 95% of characters with disabilities in major Hollywood movies and television shows are played by able-bodied actors.

Celebrating more than a decade of leadership advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion in the entertainment industry, the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge 2024 opened for submissions on January 20 and the competition will take place April 2-7 . May 9 at Sony Pictures Studios.

Easterseals Disability Film Challenge

As a person with a disability, actor, comedian and producer Nic Novicki launched the Disability Film Challenge in 2013 in response to the underrepresentation of disabled talent both in front of and behind the camera. Novicki created the challenge to give aspiring filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their work and give them meaningful exposure. In 2017, Novicki joined forces with Easterseals Southern California, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization supporting individuals and families with disabilities, to expand the event, now known as the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge.

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Easterseals is leading the way toward full equity, inclusion and access through life-changing disability and community services. For more than 100 years, we have worked tirelessly with our partners to improve quality of life and expand local access to health care, education and employment opportunities. Easterseals Southern California provides essential services and on-the-ground support to more than 18,000 people each year, from early childhood programs during the critical first five years to autism services, adult daily and independent living services, employment programs and further. Our public education, policy and advocacy initiatives positively shape perceptions and address the urgent and changing needs of one in four Americans with disabilities today. Together, we are empowering people with disabilities, families, and communities to be full and equal participants in society.

List of actors and entertainers with disabilities


This quality-reviewed publication from our photo and film casting section was selected for distribution by the editors of Disabled World because of its likely interest to readers in our disability community. Although content may have been edited for style, clarity, or length, the article “First Handicapped Loop Group on Sony Pictures Studio Lot” was originally written by Easterseals Southern California and submitted for publication on 02/26/2024 (Editing update: 02/27/2024). If you require further information or clarification, you may contact Easterseals Southern California at website. Disabled World makes no warranties or representations in connection therewith.

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