In partnership with the Creative Diversity Network
7pm: Opening remarks by Sir Lenny Henry
7.15pm: Panel discussion and audience Q+A
8.45pm: Networking drinks
In his 2014 BAFTA Television Lecture Sir Lenny called for new legislation to reverse the “appalling percentage” of BAME people working in the television industry. Lenny proposed a plan to ring-fence money for BAME programming, hoping for “radical change” to achieve a screen where “great programmes are produced by the multi-cultural many as opposed to the mono-cultural elite”.
In response, broadcasters announced a raft of initiatives, some with specific targets, some with guidelines and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and Ofcom recently issued ‘Thinking Outside the Box’, new legal guidance aimed at myth-busting what companies can and can’t do to encourage and promote diversity.
After hearing Lenny’s views, an industry panel with representatives from major broadcasters, the production sector and stakeholders will debate and discuss how the new strategies are shaping up, exploring case study successes as well as debating the ongoing challenges.
What’s the experience now like for production companies and broadcasters, is diversity part of their conversation and have hiring and commissioning practices genuinely improved? Is the picture any rosier for the future and how can we ensure the industry works together to make progress to banish this ‘stubborn stain’ (Lord Holmes, EHRC) on its reputation?
The panel will discuss the recent findings from Directors UK which found that BAME directors are both under-employed and under-represented in the industry.
Keynote opening address: Sir Lenny Henry
Panel speakers: Anne Mensah, Head of Drama, Sky
Ade Rawcliffe, Creative Diversity Manager, Channel 4
Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One
Menhaj Huda, Director (Coronation Street, Queer as Folk, Kidulthood)
Steve November, ITV Director of Drama
Chair: Helen Veale, Creative Director, Outline Productions
With audience contributions from Oliver Kent, Executive Producer of Holby City (CDN Achievement in Production award 2014), Lord Chris Holmes, Equality and Human Rights Commission, who will discuss 'Thinking Outside the Box' and John McVay, Chief Executive of Pact.