No More Blackface. More Black Voices. BLM has seen a rapid change in attitude. And old films and shows made when times were very different – well that’s what we expect and personally, I’m ambivalent about some of the immediate
BLM Actions are Louder Than Words It’s so good to see a little less talk and a bit more positive action. Stormzy has pledged 10 million over 10 Years to help fight racism. Boy Band BTS, and the Weekend and
BBC pledged £100 MILLION for Diversity and Inclusion Meanwhile, the BBC has already announced its own 100 million fund to produce “diverse and inclusive content.” The fund was announced by Head of Creative Diversity, June Sarpong (above) on the anniversary
David Cornwall’s C21 Podcast This month, I’m sure everyone has been asking you what it’s like to be black in the TV industry Podcast. Actually, they probably used the more inclusive (and yet somehow, infinitely less inclusive) term, BAME. Diversify
Netflix’s Nigeria Nollywood Spending Spree We are delighted to see Diversify TV’s friend, Mo Abudu (above left) announcing a major deal with Netflix. As an early champion of Ebony Life’s “Death and the King’s Horseman” and Lola Shoneyin’s “Baba Segi’s
Netflix Commits $100 million for Black Businesses. In an attempt to help end systematic racism – Netflix has announced they’re investing 2% of their holdings – starting with $100 million to invest in banks and institutions that support black businesses.
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
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