NBC is working on a new TV drama series titled, “Look at Me,” inspired by deaf model, actor and activist Nyle DiMarco.
The series, which is based on DiMarco’s life, will also be produced by the star, according to ZadanMeronProductions.com.
Nyle DiMarco has become familiar in both the deaf and hearing communities. He is a model, actor, deaf activist and winner of America’s Next Top Model and Dancing With The Stars.
His name and face may be familiar, however, the latest news released recently by NBC will place him in a new stellar position, that of a celebrity with his own biopic show.
The actor shot to fame in 2014 when he appeared in Switched At Birth playing the role of Garrett Banducci.He has since became famous for his Netflix show “Deaf U,” a docusoap.
He told Vulture.com that in the early stages of the show, there were no deaf people behind the cameras. This he changed by bringing deaf people into the production. The show eventually had a 50% deaf crew, something previously unheard of in television.
Read more: Is “Deaf U” good for the deaf community?
The NBC series promises to be an ensemble drama from producer Neil Meron.
The show will be based on DiMarco’s life. It promises a story spanning a multi-generational deaf family, as well as their hearing daughter in-law and granddaughter. DiMarco is onboard as an executive producer with writers Tom Donnelly and Josh Oppenheimer.
If you strip away his modelling, acting and dancing, as an activist for deaf awareness and culture DiMarco is a force to be reckoned with. He’s a spokesman for LEAD-K (Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids) and the designer of an app that teaches ASL (American Sign Language).
Back in 2016, DiMarco started his own foundation. The Nyle DiMarco Foundation, a non profit organization, provides access to resources for deaf children and their families.
DiMarco has been quoted saying that he does not consider himself disabled by deafness. He uses his media profile to bring deaf awareness to the wider hearing community.
No matter how the NBC show works out, the inclusion of such a dynamic deaf spokesman has to be a real win for the deaf and hearing loss communities. We’re looking forward to learning when the new series staring Nyle DiMarco will premier.
— Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) December 19, 2020