Creative Diversity Network

TBI Weekly: Why power, clout & money are key to diversity reform

Diversity within the content business has often been seen as something talked about, but not necessarily acted upon. The Creative Diversity Network’s Deborah Williams shines a light on emerging developments that suggest representation is finally beginning to be taken seriously. They say imitation is the best form of flattery. If that’s true, then I’m blushing at […]

CDN highlights UK industry’s “lack of real progress” in improving diversity

There has been “a lack of real progress” in increasing diversity on and off screen in the UK TV industry, according to the Creative Diversity Network (CDN). Key takeaways from its latest annual Diamond report, The Fifth Cut: Diamond At 5, include a drop in the number of women in senior industry roles and greater racial representation […]

Diversity: Changing the guard

Deborah Williams questions whether the industry has really set out to tackle inclusivity and representation or is just making token gestures They say that a year is a long time in politics. Welcome to my world! A year in diversity is like five years in politics. And everything happens at a glacial pace. So here […]

Diversity: Ensuring a snowball effect on accessibility

Deborah Williams looks at how the pandemic has made some events more accessible and urges the industry to maintain momentum It’s that time of year where I sit down and reflect on another 12 months of pushing for greater diversity across our industry. Outwardly, 2021 was another year of high-profile commitments from platforms, broadcasters and […]

Discovery UK joins Creative Diversity Network

Discovery UK has joined the Creative Diversity Network (CDN), the industry body working to improve diversity on- and-off screen in the UK TV sector. The broadcaster will also contribute to the CDN’s Diamond initiative, collecting and reporting diversity data through its online monitoring system. The CDN brings together the main UK broadcasters to build an […]

UK broadcasters to miss disability target by seven years

UK broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky will miss a deadline to increase the number of disabled people working in the industry by seven years, a new review has found. The Creative Diversity Network (CDN)’s independent review was initiated following the Doubling Disability campaign, which was launched in 2018 and backed by […]

Diversity: Reaching out to create bonds

In her latest column, the Creative Diversity Network’s executive director Deborah Williams urges the industry to learn from its experiences under lockdown Spring has sprung and in the UK we are starting to move out of the lockdowns and the pandemic structures that have been in place for the last year. We have seen good […]

Diversity: Taking a holistic approach

In her monthly column, the Creative Diversity Network (CDN)’s executive director Deborah Williams reflects on how Covid is affecting diversity and inclusivity across the industry. Last year ended in a way that few anticipated or hoped for. Going into another open- ended lockdown here in the UK – at a time when the industry was […]