“True Biz” tells the story of Deaf teenager Charlie as she attempts to gain access to spoken language. It also features her relationship with the hearing headmistress at her deaf boarding school. The headmistress is a child of deaf adults (CODA). The story is set in a blue-collar Midwestern small town. Charlie’s journey takes her on a roller coaster ride of emotions as she struggles to find herself.
“As soon as I read “True Biz,” I knew I had to jump at the chance to collaborate with a Deaf creator on a project with an authentic and fresh perspective of the Deaf community,” Simmonds told Deadline. “[I] am equally excited to portray a deaf teenage protagonist never before seen on screen. This project will be a truly unique opportunity to work with deaf professionals both in front and behind the camera.”
“…[I] am equally excited to portray a deaf teenage protagonist never before seen on screen.”
The television series is produced by the same studio responsible for “The Walking Dead.” It is based on Sara Novic’s book, which will be published by Penguin Random House in March 2022.
Along with staring deaf actors, the studio has promised that places will be found on the writing and production teams for deaf and hard of hearing creatives.
“This was a highly competitive bidding situation,” executive producer Russ Buchholz told Deadline. “We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Sara and Millie on this ground-breaking series. [It] will explore and celebrate d/Deaf identity through a blend of humor and pathos, while also drawing upon the universal themes found in self-expression, family, love, and loss.”
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Deaf activist Sara Novic is also the author of “Girl at War” and “America is Immigrants.” She has a two-book deal with Random House, “True Biz” being one. The other is a forthcoming memoir, “Mother Tongue.” Her website describes it as “a personal examination of language and identity in relation to the Deaf community, written as a letter to the author’s young child.”
“I am thrilled to be working with such a talented team to bring “True Biz” to life onscreen,” Novic told Deadline. “The opportunity to share authentic Deaf stories with viewers has been a long-held dream.”
“True” Biz is expected to premier in Spring 2022.