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Underlying Health Condition

A collective movement for change in the UK TV Industry

Genevieve Barr

Genevieve is a deaf writer and actor. As an actor, she is known for her lead role in BBC’s The Silence, and other roles in BAFTA winning The FadesCall the MidwifeShamelessLiarPress and most recently, Channel 4’s The Accident.

As a writer, Genevieve won the coveted Red Planet Prize in 2020 for her crime drama series which she is currently developing with ITV. She wrote one of the shorts Crip Tales for the BBC. She is part of the writersroom for Pete Bowker’s The A Word spin-off Ralph and Katie.

She has original projects in development with BBC and Channel 4. She is also co-writing with Jack – most recently on a factual single drama for BBC Two and Netflix about the Disability Discrimination Act – Then Barbara Met Alan. In her spare time, Genevieve volunteers with a leadership organisation working with university students with disabilities. 

Jack Thorne

Jack Thorne is a writer of film, television and theatre. Jack has won five BAFTA’s for histelevision work, and his latest credits include Help, National Treasure, The Virtues (co-written with Shane Meadows) and BBC’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. In film, his credits include Wonder, The Aeronauts and Enola Holmes. 
In theatre, his play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won multiple Olivier Awards including Best New Play and multiple Tony awards including Best Play. 

Thorne considers himself a member of the disabled community and is a staunch advocate for the treatment of disabled people in the entertainment industry. Back in 2009, his television show CAST OFFS was a disabled-led drama, exclusively cast with disabled talent, in 2016 his work THE SOLID LIFE OF WATER was the first disabled play at the National Theatre. 

Jack is a proud patron of Graeae Theatre Company which champions the representation of the disabled community on stage. Jack has just wrapped Then Barbara Met Alan with Genevieve Barr, a factual single drama about the Disability Discrimination Act, for BBC Two and Netflix

Katie Player

Katie Player is a Production Manager who has worked in both film and TV for many of major UK broadcasters and international SVOD platforms.

Katie started her career working Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary special shot in 3D and broadcast simultaneously in 94 countries and cinemas around the world. She has since worked in Production on numerous tv series & independent films including The A Word, Kiri, You, Me & Him, Churchill, Collateral and Lee & Dean. Katie also Produced the Edinburgh Festivals first ever Meet the Commissioners event providing freelance talent with direct access to commissioners and industry leaders.

More recently Katie has production managed Amazon Studios Hanna filmed in Budapest, Hulu/Channel 4’s The Accident, Sky’s The Midwich Cuckoos & Treason for Netflix.

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