Guy “Dr Disrespect” Beahm has always put a ridiculous amount of production work into his streams. From cutaways to fake car chases, to mid-match music videos, the Dr Disrespect persona Beahm has created is all about putting on a show for viewers. But, now that Beahm has signed a deal with Skybound Entertainment, the production company co-founded by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, he’s got the potential to take that showmanship to television.
As part of this new deal, which was initially announced by The Hollywood Reporter, Beahm and Skybound will develop a scripted narrative television series based on the Dr Disrespect character. The series would focus on “how the doctor became the doctor,” a sort of origin story for Beahm’s Twitch persona.
Beahm said to the Hollywood Reporter that the show is “pretty early in terms of creative and the direction we want to take it,” but he also noted that there have been, “some early discussions around animation.”
Before he started streaming, Beahm worked at Sledgehammer games as the community manager and later as a level designer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. In 2015, Beahm left Sledgehammer to stream full time. His Dr Disrespect stream persona blew up around the launch of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in 2017. While he has enjoyed phenomenal success since then, Beahm has been at the center of several controversies over the last couple of years.
In late 2017, Beahm admitted publicly to having an extramarital affair. After this Beahm took a brief break from streaming, before returning to a record-setting number of viewers. Beahm once again faced scrutiny during this year’s E3 Video Game show when, during his first IRL stream ever, he brought his still-rolling cameras into the convention center bathroom — a crime in the state of California. This stream resulted in a short ban for his streaming channel on Twitch.
Beahm isn’t the only streamer to take their persona to a medium beyond gaming though. Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has marketed his on-stream personality far beyond the world of Fortnite, and earlier this year released a narrative comic book. Something along those lines doesn’t seem outside the realm of possibility for Beahm either, as Skybound does work in comics as well.
For now, with Beahm’s Skybound show still in the early days of production, Beahm says that his focus will remain on streaming. While many content creators have moved to platforms such as YouTube, Mixer, or Facebook Gaming, Beahm will continue his stream on Twitch as he has for the last several years.