Fatima Salaria joins C4 as head of specialist factual

Fatima Salaria Commissioning exec for Religion and Ethics leaves the BBC at the end of the year. Her leaving comes as a major blow for many smaller and BAME independent production companies, as she was often the first port of call for ideas pitched to the BBC. Don’t panic she joins Channel 4 as Head of Specialist Factual in early 2019.

The BBC  seem to be haemorrhaging senior talent of colour at the moment as she leaves a year after Maxine Watson (another major blow) was poached by Twenty Twenty as their Director of programming. Recent years have seen Marcus Ryder, Aaqil Ahmed and Tamera Howe all leave. Tamera Howe who was previously the Controller of Business – Comedy & Entertainment has just taken over at VICE as their new content chief. 

In other industry moves Anne Menseh has left Sky as their head of Drama to Join Netflix as their VP of content, and rumour have it that Stephen Lyle Head of Sport at Channel 4 is heading back to the BBC. 

Here’s wishing  all these movers and shakers the very best!

In other news

Kwame Kwei-Armah to adapt The Black Jacobins for Bryncoed

Playwright, director, actor and broadcaster Kwame Kwei-Armah has signed up to adapt a book about the Haitian Revolution of 1791 – 1804 under the leadership Toussaint L’Ouverture. 

The 10-part series, which has been optioned by Scripted indie Bryncoed Productions, will start with the first slave revolt of 1791 and end with the Haitian declaration of independence in 1804.

Kwame Kwei- Armah returns to the UK after a seven-year stint as artistic director of Baltimore’s Center Stage theatre, and has recently become artistic director of London’s Young Vic Theatre.

All3Media and NFTS launch three new BAME writer scholarships

All3Media is providing three new National Film and Television School (NFTS) scholarships for students from a BAME background on the two-week ‘Writing the TV Pilot’ course at NFTS and NFTS Scotland.

Writer Kayode Ewumi on why he doesn’t want his long-form BBC3 debut to be defined as a ‘black show’

Writer Kayode Ewumi doesn’t want his new long-form BBC3 debut to be defined as a ‘black show’.

Enterprice which takes its inspiration from Donald Glover’s acclaimed US series Atlanta and is the story about two young black entrepreneurs. Enterpice airs from the 29th November on BBC3 and will also be shown on BBC1 on the 30th November at 11.25pm.

Rapman, the creator of the UK web series Shiro’s Story, has signed a ‘life-changing’ deal with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation production company. 

The artist – real name Andrew Onwubolu from South London–  has broke the internet with his YouTube series Shiro’s Story, a musical crime thriller. 

His deal includes management, film, TV contract with billionaire rapper and entrepreneur Jayz. 

And finally apparently Channel 4 is returning to its roots as the home of black British programming