The 2nd edition of the awards were named the MIPCOM Diversify TV Awards due to Reed Midem’s (the organiser of MIPCOM) increased involvement in organising the event. They were once again held at the Carlton Hotel, Cannes and this time hosted by television presenter Ria Hebden on October 16th 2018.

Award winners and presenters

The 2018 edition saw the addition of a category to recognise the depiction of minorities and minority issues in kids programming.

The judging criteria for entries were:

  • Provide a fair and accurate representation of BAMELGBTQ and disabled communities
  • Have made a positive impact 
  • Stand out in originality and excellence in terms of storytellingcasting and production values
  • Challenge stereotypes
  • Have aired for the very first time between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 on a linear and/or non-linear platform.

2018 DiversifyTV Excellence Awards Shortlist

Representation of Race and Ethnicity: Scripted

“The Boy with the Topknot”, BBC Two (UK), produced by Kudos Film & Television and Parti Productions, distributed by Endemol Shine International

“Grown”, Complex (USA), produced and distributed by Adaptive Studios

“Famalam”, BBC Three (UK), produced and distributed by BBC Studios

Representation of Race and Ethnicity: Non-Scripted

“Epic Warrior Women: Africa’s Amazons”, Smithsonian Channel/ZDF/Planéte/ORF/ Viasat History (UK), produced and distributed by Urban Canyons

“Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class”, PBS (USA), produced by Public Square Media, distributed by Scorpion TV

“My Asian Family: The Musical”, BBC (UK), produced by Century Films

Representation of LGBTQ: Scripted

KindaTV (Canada), distributed by Revry

“Home and Away”, Seven Network Australia (Australia), produced by Seven Studios Australia, distributed by Endemol Shine International

“The Break: Soul Journey”, BBC3 (UK), produced by The Comedy Unit, distributed by BBC

Representation of LGBTQ: Non-Scripted

Channel 4 (UK), produced by Optomen, distributed by all3media international

“My Trans Life”, RTÉ IRELAND (Ireland), produced by That’s a Wrap TV/Zucca Films, distributed by RTÉ

“My House”, VICELAND (USA), produced and distributed by VICE MEDIA

Representation of Disability: Scripted

“Blind Donna”, 
YLE (Finland), produced by Production House, distributed by YLE Sales

“Grandpa’s Great Escape”, BBC (UK), produced by King Bert Productions, distributed by Sky Vision

“Homecoming Queens”, SBS On-demand (Australia), produced and distributed by Generator Pictures

Representation of Disability, Non-Scripted

“Down the Road”, 
één (VRT) (Belgium), produced by Roses Are Blue, distributed by VRT
“In the Dark”, 
LNK (Lithuania), produced by TymDrym

“Different Like Me”, BBC Three (UK), produced by Hello Halo, distributed by BBC Studios

Minority Representation in Kids’ Programming (all genres)

“16 Hudson”, 
TVOkids (Canada), produced and distributed by Big Bad Boo Studios

“First Day”, ABC ME (Australia), produced and distributed by Epic Films

“Mardi Gras + Me”, ABC (Australia), produced by ABC ME, distributed by ABC

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