We are currently compiling a definitive list of who’s who working within the UK’s TV, Film and Digital Industries.
Last year the UK creative industry was estimated to be worth a staggering £84 billion. Let say for instance the contribution of *BAME talent was less than half a %, that’s a sizeable amount, a contribution that should be recognised.
In this our first part, we have partnered with the University of Westminster, one of the country’s respected and leading creative media institutions. Working with Dr. David Dunkley Gyimah who leads the disLAB and lectures on various media-related issues, we pay homage to our Power Brokers: The commissioners, production companies owners, execs and creatives that keep these tills ringing.
Think a GQ magazine spread meets the ‘MediaGuardian 100′; got that image? Well, that’s what we’re aiming to achieve.
We’ll be filming at their professional photographic studio, with an experienced and season professional photographer from the school in mid-July.
Aside from a digital manifestation of the project, working with the University, we are planning towards a quality hardcopy of the shoot to lands on the desk of every decision maker working in our industry who has ever questioned the abundance of talent from BAME communities.
Our list will be available to be viewed on both the TVC and University of Westminster’s site from mid-August. With hard copies being distributed to production companies and broadcasters in early September. Hard copies will also be available at this year Edinburgh TV Fest and MIPCOM.
The School of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster was a good fit because of its firm and demonstrable commitment to diversity and nurturing of multi-disciplinary talent which replenishes the creative industries. The project also allows the university to showcase its emerging talent.
Dunkley Gyimah says, with The TV Collective’s pedigree and experience in addressing and pushing for inclusion and diverse talent as exemplified through their work and website, coupled with Simone’s producer qualities having worked in the industry for BBC, Channel 4 etc, I was delighted that we are involved.
Invitation to participate have already gone out, but we do want to ensure we haven’t missed out on any of the amazing talent out there.
If you or someone you know is an Exec, Series Producer, Series Director, Producer, Line-Producer Director, Script Editor or working in a senior capacity in scripted or non-scripted and has a broadcast credit on one of the following (BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 or Vice) or has had over 10k viewers to their YouTube series please complete this brief questionnaire by Monday 3rd July. You/they must be available for a couple of hours on either the 10th, 11th or 12th of July to attend a photo shoot.
This is just a start, help us to create a powerful record and statement about the contribution *BAME talent have made to this industry.
*Black, Asian and Minority Ethnics