44 Blue Productions is adapting UK unscripted series Mission: Accessible for the US market under the title Crip Advisor. Peabody-winning filmmaker Jim LeBrecht – co-director of Netflix’s Crip Camp alongside Nicole Newnham – will serve as executive producer.
Mission: Accessible launched on Channel 4 in the UK in 2020, and has aired its second season. The series promotes accessible tourism through short travelogues in which host Rosie Jones and fellow comedians seek to help plan adventures for people with disabilities.
In 44 Blue’s Crip Advisor, disabled, D/deaf and neurodiverse people from across the US are empowered to travel and experience the joys of venturing to new places.
“We are delighted to bring the format to viewers in the US and to have the talented and trailblazing Jim LeBrecht join as executive producer. His achievements both in the filmmaking and disability rights spaces are immeasurable, and we could not be more honored to work with him,” said Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch, co-founder and co-CEO of 44 Blue Productions.
LeBrecht, a long time disability rights activist, joins Crip Advisor following the success of his directorial debut, the Oscar-nominated and Peabody-winning feature-length documentary Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, which he co-director with Nicole Newnham. The documentary, from Netflix and Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions, received widespread critical acclaim, winning the Audience Award for feature-length documentary at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, and the 2021 Independent Spirit award for Best Feature Documentary.
LeBrecht said: “I believe that we are at a historic turning point around the representation of people with disabilities on television and film. It’s a natural progression in the types of shows we see that a disability-themed show can be mainstream and not just for the disabled themselves. Crip Advisor will be entertaining, edgy, and funny — something that anyone would want to watch and tell their friends about. I’m especially proud to be part of a breakthrough show that has so many creatives with disabilities.”
Rockerdale Studios co-founders Stu Richards and Michelle Singer, and 44 Blue’s Stephanie Drachkovitch will serve as executive producers alongside LeBrecht