Lenny Henry is a British comedian, actor, writer and television presenter. He got his break in 1975, when aged just 17, he won the TV talent show New Faces with an impersonation of Stevie Wonder. Whilst still a teenager he went
As we posted on our socials yesterday, the BBC launched their new creative diversity initiatives on LinkedIn. You can watch the session here or read a report of their announcements here
A new film festival highlighting the contributions of the Windrush generation (migrants named after the Empire Windrush ship which first brought families over to help rebuild post-war Britain) is launching in the UK http://windrushfilmfestival.com/the-festival/
The Edinburgh TV Festival will be held online for the first time this August and passes are FREE for freelancers. Sessions from previous years festivals are available to view on their YouTube channel. I’d recommend watching this short video that shows highlights from previous sessions
Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Alliance has partnered with Getty Images to launch four new grants that aim to shine light on authentic visual narratives of underrepresented communities.
Lastly I recommend reading an interview with BBC drama head Piers Wenger. He has commissioned a diverse slate of shows including an adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses along with Steve McQueen’s Small Axe, a period drama about black British history.
I’m happy to report that the prestigious Grierson Awards have updated their judging criteria to include production diversity and inclusion. Entrants will be asked about the steps they have taken to ensure that diversity and inclusion practices are embedded in the making
Actress Gabrielle Union was not renewed in her role as a judge in America’s Got Talent for a second season, with stories reporting that she had complained about a toxic culture on the show. Union tweeted that she had a productive 5 hour meeting
Samira Ahmed took the BBC to an equal pay tribunal for back-dated pay for seven years of work presenting Newswatch, believing that she should have been paid the same as Points of View host Jeremy Vine for equal work. Ahmed
At the end of last year BBC Breakfast TV presenter Naga Munchetty was found to have breached BBC guidelines when discussing President Trump’s call for four congresswomen of colour “to go back” to the places “from which they came”. It