We are opening the door to ambitious and talented BAME-run indies who can deliver content with broad appeal across all our key genres, and most importantly, offer programming ideas that will resonate with viewers. Ben Frow – Director of Programming at Channel 5 

Are you a *BAME executive producer running a production company or a freelancer with ideas that need a home? Are you unashamedly mainstream and developing a slate of ideas with a broad and populist sensibility or keen to do so? If so Channel 5 wants to work with you.

Channel 5 are looking for nine BAME producers/production companies to work with on a one -to-one basis to fund and develop projects with the potential of leading to commissions.

This opportunity is open to BAME producers from a wide range of genres, ranging from specialist factual to features, drama and documentaries.

Your company will need to be run and owned by BAME executives and Five are particularly keen to hear from production companies based in the regions. Five are also looking for BAME freelance producers with ideas that need a home. 

You will be selected based on your portfolio, creative potential and examples of your work. Those shortlisted will have the opportunity to pitch ideas and proposals you think will appeal to Channel 5’s Commissioning team. 

Please note: This is not a training scheme, it is a business development opportunity for emerging indies.

“This is an exciting opportunity for BAME producers to really grow their businesses and we’re very proud to be involved. Fundamental ways of increasing diversity, particularly at senior levels both on and off screen is not only by diversifying the content, and decision makers but also importantly, who is making it. Ben really gets this. He understands the importance of giving producers a creative outlet and the opportunity to grow as opposed to just offering BAME producers a job. It is so refreshing and inspiring to work with someone like Ben and his team who are forward thinking, progressive but above all willing to put their money where their mouth is. I’m really excited to see what these talented production companies come up with and eventually watching the results on Channel 5.” – Simone Pennant TVC

This opportunity is a direct result of our dinner with Ben and his team which was held earlier this year, and follows on from the success of last year’s small regionals initiative ran by the channel – whereby each commissioner was empowered to identify, nurture and support two production companies from the regions (total of 16), with the aim of helping deliver their ideas and shows to the screen. The initiative resulted in nearly £4m of commissions and 35 hours of new peak time content.

If you think you fit the bill and are passionate about making programmes that will rate and fit within Channel 5’s schedule, then get in contact with Simone Pennant, Founder of The TV Collective at Simone@thetvcollective.org. Deadline to apply 28th July. 

“We want to see more BAME talent behind the scenes generally  and represent contemporary Britain within the programmes – so we want to work with BAME led companies, innately diverse in sensibility, but also unashamedly mainstream in content and outlook”.
Guy Davies Factual commissioner at Channel 5

For more about Channel 5 and their commissioning needs please visit.

*BME/BAME – Black and Minority Ethnic or Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic is the terminology normally used in the UK to describe people of non-white descent – Definition taken from – The Institute of Race Relations

For more about Channel 5 and their commissioning needs please visit.

*BME/BAME – Black and Minority Ethnic or Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic is the terminology normally used in the UK to describe people of non-white descent – Definition taken from – The Institute of Race Relations