Key Points
  • Representing society on-screen: diversity in on-screen talent, considering race, religion, disability and class
  • Behind the camera: delivering diversity in production and supporting writers, producers and directors from diverse backgrounds to develop creatively
  • Diversity and decision making: representation of minorities in senior management positions and how to accelerate the rise of executives from diverse backgrounds.
Guest of Honour

Lord Holmes of Richmond Non-Executive Director, Channel 4

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Overview
Just over a year on from the launch of Diamond this event will provide an opportunity to discuss the practical solutions to improve representation of people from all backgrounds within the television sector – including those identifying as BAME, working class, disabled and LGBT.

Representing Society on Screen

Delegates will examine diversity in on-screen talent, considering gender, race, religion, disability and class, as well as the potential implications of active and passive intervention (e.g. quotas, sanctioned positive discrimination and transparent benchmarking) by regulators, broadcasters or Government.

Behind the Camera: Delivering ‘Diversity of Thought’ in TV Production

Attendees will consider ways to deliver diversity behind the camera and to what extent writers, directors and producers from minority groups are given the opportunity to develop creatively and tell the stories they want to be told.

Over two years on from the launch of Channel 4’s 360 Diversity Charter, and over twelve months on from the publication of the Director’s UK report: Adjusting the Colour Balance: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Directors in UK Television Production, delegates will discuss the progress made in increasing the number of individuals from minority backgrounds entering careers within television production.

Diversity in the Boardroom

Following Tony Hall’s admission that broadcasters favour ‘the well-connected and well-off’ discussion will focus on the representation of minorities in senior management positions within the sector, how to accelerate the rise of executives from diverse backgrounds and the progress made across the industry within the last twelve months.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 08:55
Registration, Coffee and Networking

 

08:55 - 09:00
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

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Professor Sarita Malik Professor of Media, Culture and Communications, Brunel University London

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09:00 - 09:30
A 360 Approach to Diversity

 

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Lord Holmes of Richmond Non-Executive Director, Channel 4

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09:30 - 10:30
Representing Society on Screen

 
What are the challenges and opportunities for making television more representative of audiences and how does the UK compare internationally in the diversity and representation of minorities on screen?
To what extent is there a commercial and competitive advantage to increasing diversity across UK television productions?

What progress has been made on –screen over the past twelve months and what lessons can we draw from the diverse reaction to the announcement of the first female Dr Who?
What are the challenges to avoiding tokenism in the casting of minority actors?
Following comments that there aren’t the roles in the UK, what more can be done to support the development of scripts and parts for minority actors?
With many of the UK’s top actors coming from public school backgrounds, to what extent is there inherent discrimination within the acting career path for those from working class and lower socio-economic groups?
Following the BBC’s publication of pay for its top talent, what more can be done to encourage parity in pay and conditions for top talent in the television industry?
What role should Government, regulators, broadcasters and talent play in bringing about change?
To what extent would quotas for on-screen diversity be a positive step?


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Lewis Goodall Political Correspondent, Sky News

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Elizabeth Berrington Representative, Equal Representation for Actresses

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Trish Adudu Presenter, BBC

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Louise McMullan Policy Development Officer, Equity

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Polly Kemp Equal Representation for Actresses

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10:30 - 11:00
Refreshments and Networking

 

11:00 - 11:50
Behind the Camera: Delivering ‘Diversity of Thought’ and Supporting Creativity

 
What are the challenges and opportunities for increasing the number of individuals from minority backgrounds in production and off-screen roles?
To what extent does the prevalence of unpaid internships and nepotism within the industry harm the chances of individuals from working class backgrounds?
What are the challenges and opportunities to tackling ‘diversity of thought’ within the sector and to what extent is risk the biggest barrier to opening up opportunities for writers, directors and producers to develop creatively and tell the stories they want to tell?




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Elouise Carden Founder, No Password Required

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Riaz Meer Bectu Black Members Committee

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Cat Lewis CEO & Executive Producer, Nine Lives Media

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11:50 - 12:40
Diversity in Decision Making

 
Following Tony Hall’s admission that broadcasters favour ‘the well-connected and well-off’ what can be done to create meaningful career paths to the upper echelons of the industry for individuals from diverse backgrounds?
What are the challenges and opportunities for accelerating the rise of talented executives to senior positions?
To what extent does the lack of diversity at the top feed into the lack of diversity across the rest of the industry?
With ITV and Channel 4 both announcing female chief executives, what progress has been made over the past twelve months, and what are the priorities for the coming year?


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Miranda Wayland Diversity Lead, BBC Studios

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Simon Albury Chair, Campaign for Broadcasting Equality

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Joanna Abeyie Founder & DIrector, Hyden Talent

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12:40 - 12:55
Lessons from the Acting Up Commission

 

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Tracy Brabin MP Acting up Campaign

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12:55 - 13:00
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

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Professor Sarita Malik Professor of Media, Culture and Communications, Brunel University London

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End

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Joanna Abeyie Founder & DIrector, Hyden Talent

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Trish Adudu Presenter, BBC

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Simon Albury Chair, Campaign for Broadcasting Equality

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Elizabeth Berrington Representative, Equal Representation for Actresses

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Tracy Brabin MP Acting up Campaign

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Elouise Carden Founder, No Password Required

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Lewis Goodall Political Correspondent, Sky News

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Cat Lewis CEO & Executive Producer, Nine Lives Media

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Professor Sarita Malik Professor of Media, Culture and Communications, Brunel University London

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Louise McMullan Policy Development Officer, Equity

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Riaz Meer Bectu Black Members Committee

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Lord Holmes of Richmond Non-Executive Director, Channel 4

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Miranda Wayland Diversity Lead, BBC Studios

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Venue details

Royal Society of Chemistry Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BA.

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Royal Society of Chemistry

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