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 […]

Diversity: Nurturing conversation around representation

In the second instalment of her new monthly column, the Creative Diversity Network’s executive director Deborah Williams explains why every conversation matters in the discussion around representation. Diversity is a strange place to be at the moment. The idea that your life’s work is suddenly in vogue is what you dream about. It’s like arriving […]

Diversity: A black life

In this new monthly column for TBI, the Creative Diversity Network’s executive director Deborah Williams reflects on her own role and explores how the industry can deliver change rather than simply talk about it A year ago, I was in Minneapolis. It was my birthday. I should have been in NYC with my mother celebrating […]

Put your money where your mouth is around female-led businesses

Julie Bristow, president and CEO of Kew Media Group-backed Bristow Global Media, urges the industry to invest in female-led content houses and create opportunities for female leads across all aspects of business.  When it comes to ensuring diversity in any industry, money talks. But as women, we tend to feel awkward talking about money — and […]

Diversifying TV: the practices improving workplace inclusivity

As the industry works towards ensuring a more diverse workforce, UK and US execs tell Manori Ravindran the practices – from networking to NEROPA – that are improving workplace inclusivity. Between the box office success of feature films such as Marvel’s Black Panther and Jon M. Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians, and the diverse characters across the US networks’ autumn […]

Mind the casting gap: directors talk diversity

Casting directors are evolving their methods to pick the right individuals to reflect society, but can they be fully representative if diversity isn’t replicated behind-the-scenes? Kaltrina Bylykbashi reports Casting has been of hot debate in recent years, particularly when it comes to incorporating more diversity. While improved inclusivity in casting is still a work in […]

Nickelodeon and Sky team for kids Block Party series

Nickelodeon UK and BSkyB have jointly commissioned a new kids series, Jordan & Perri’s Ultimate Block Party. The live-action series will be made by Princess Productions, part of the Shine Group. Filming of the 8x30mins series starts in spring and it marks the first time Viacom’s Nick and News Corp.-backed Sky have jointly commissioned a […]