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Animation Representation and Diversity: How Far Have We Come?

Karen Toliver, the current VP of animated films at Netflix, has had a remarkable, distinguished career in the industry, working in various positions at Disney, Fox Animation and, most recently, at Sony Pictures Animation as exec VP of creative. She is...
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In The News

Kids Industries Report Examines Parents’ Views of Diversity

A new report from Kids Industries on U.K. and U.S. parents’ views on diversity and inclusion in children’s media showed that there is a desire for more representation in kids’ content. According to the study, parents believe their children enjoy...
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Events

Soho Be You Diversity Festival Launches

Soho Media Club is launching the Be You Festival on 14th July in Soho, London. TV and film industry trailblazers are set to take to the stage to lead honest discussions about inclusion, diversity, talent and mental health in film and TV and challenge...
By Nick
In The News Strategy

Channel 4 doubles down on diversity guidelines

Channel 4 in the UK has published new Commissioning Diversity Guidelines, committing to ensure at least 20% of its editorial decision-makers are from ethnically diverse backgrounds. Production companies must meet two different sets of on and...
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Funding In The News Opportunities

Sky lauches £500k short form doc fund. Looks for content from under represented groups.

Sky has launched its first documentary shorts fund, which will offer £500,000 ($625,000) to fund programming from underrepresented communities.The scheme, which is a partnership between Sky Documentaries and APX Content Ventures (part of French ad and...
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In The News

Valerie Complex On Being Black At Cannes: How Microaggressions Marred My Festival Experience

After attending the Cannes Film Festival in 2019 as a freelance film critic, I was excited to go this time as a film critic and reporter for Deadline. I knew that access would be different with a powerful platform and that my workload would double in...
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Opportunities

Shondaland and Netflix launch new DEIA initiatives

Shondaland and Netflix have teamed up to launch The Producers Inclusion Initiative and The Ladder. The schemes will work with historical underrepresented communities in order to expand the pipeline for behind-the-scenes talent. More information can be...
By Nick
Funding

Arab Fund for Arts and Culture Grants

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) runs nine open call grants programs. Grant guidelines and evaluation process are detailed ​here​
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Opportunities

Black Britain Unspoken - opportunity to tell stories about Black British lives

Black Britain Unspoken aims to discover new talent and identify stories about Black British lives. Media Trust and Warner Bros. Discovery will produce a small number of short-form documentaries (max. 5 mins) from the submissions received, to be aired...
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In The News

Exodus of women of colour from the BBC

Variety published an exclusive article detailing an exodus of women of colour from the BBC. The full article can be read here​
By Nick
Opportunities

The Focus Award for Young Diverse Filmakers

​The FOCUS Award is designed to foster, nurture and grow talent, as well as open doors. Returning for it’s second year, the FOCUS Award is calling for people to send in their short films for the chance to win invaluable mentoring sessions and to have...
By Nick
Opportunities Strategy

CHANNEL 4 LAUNCH DIVERSE INDIE FUND

Channel 4 in the UK and Motion Content Group have launched a multi-million pound fund to boost commissions from small and medium sized ethnically diverse-led production companies.The new and dedicated fund is designed to support ethnically diverse-led...
By Nick
Opportunities

ITV PRESENTS FRESH CUTS FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2022

ITV in the UK has just launched a call out for up and coming Black filmmakers, offering them the opportunity to helm one of five new films that the network will commission for Black History Month 2022 as part of the new Fresh Cuts strand. Link to the...
By Nick
Strategy

ITV announces new £80m Diversity Commissioning Fund

​ITV has announced plans to reserve £80m of its content commissioning budget over the next three years to drive change towards racial equity and disability equity. Of this amount, at least £20m will be reserved for content made by Black, Asian and...
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Opportunities

GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR DIVERSITY RESEARCH

For the second year, the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity (LHC) is offering 5 grants of up to £3,000 each to support short turnaround research by industry practitioners. The purpose of these research grants is to better inform policy and...
By Nick
In The News

Lack of real progress in diversity in UK television

The Creative Diversity Network has released their fifth annual report analysing data gathered through the Diamond diversity monitoring system in the UK television sector.The long-term analysis reveals that “despite well-meaning initiatives across the...
By Nick
Opportunities

Breakout - Feature film development funding

Breakout is a new partnership between Creative UK and Netflix UK which gives the next generation of outstanding genre filmmakers the opportunity to make a breakout debut feature. The programme will provide UK talent with the tools and support to...
By Nick
Events

Black Legacy Series

​An evening of creativity, discussion, a film screening + creative workshop. Long story short...Guaranteed good vibes. An event in London UK on Thursday 17th March 2022 THE BLACK LEGACY SERIES. A 5-part series, bringing all the black creators together...
By Nick
Opportunities

Realscreen DIALOG Mentorship Program

Realscreen has launched the DIALOG Mentorship Program, designed to align mid-level executives who are BIPOC or identify as d/Deaf, disabled or neurodivergent with senior-level mentors who will work with the mentees to guide them in gaining access to...
By Nick

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