I hope you are all well, and keeping upbeat despite the strange times.

We just wanted to say a massive thank you for your support of our TVCCOVIDtalks over the summer. Through lockdown we were able to support and inspire thousands of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic creatives working in TV and film during without question, the toughest times we’ve ever seen.

Over a 12-week period, twice a week we hosted sessions via zoom and streamed live on our FaceBook page.

The Highlights:

  • TVCCOVIDtalks were watched by nearly 10,000 (8886 to be precise) people and still available to view here.
  • Discussed topics, successes and challenges pertinent and unique to the Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority production communities experience. Such as the importance of representation and storytelling, ways to optimise your CV and chances for work, how to be a success in drama, what it takes to run a successful production company and how to survive the lockdown.
  • We were joined by a raft of industry experts including Ralph Lee Director of content at the BBC studios, Danny Horan Head of Factual at Channel 4Nana Hughes, Head of Scripted Comedy ITV, Jackie Edwards Head of Young Audiences Content Fund, Remy Blumenfeld former TV exec now a creative executive coach, Tom Currie, Exec Producer at DragonFly, Luke Hyams, Head of YouTube Originals EMEAJonny Mounsor, Creator Partner Manager at Spotify, and Mathew Campbell Script editor at Audible.
  • Showcased some of the most experienced and influential Black Asian and Minority Ethnic talent in our industry. Such as Satmohan Patnesar, Entertainment Comm Ed ITV, Sarah Ashante, BBC3 Comedy Commissioner, Pat Younge Cardiff Films, Emma Dias, AfroMic, Percelle Ascott and Tafara Makopa, founders Wall of comedy, Keith Dube from 3 Shots of Tequila, Bafta winning producer Kwadjo Dajan, Directors Alrick Riley and Tinge Krishnan to name just a few.

And most importantly not forgetting our very charismatic host Michelle Matherson!

Thank you all for watch we’ll be back with a new programme of talks very soon!

Please find below just some of your fantastic comments:.

“Thanks for organising the TVCCovidTalks, very much appreciated I am a Senior Factual Producer and was starting to feel like I had hit a glass ceiling last year even before this current situation”.

“Thanks so much for organising all the excellent webinars. I enjoyed the Optimising CV session today and hearing what the talent managers at BBC, ITV and Channel 5 look for in CVs and applicants”.­­­

“Such important conversations and insi­­­­ghts. Great live”

“Congrats, TV Collective….great session and great hosting. I hope it can be a regular thing”.

“ Amazing and inspirational line up!!!”

“It was great to hear how senior BAME figures in the industry navigated their way up. It was inspiring. I want to set up my own indie now!”

“Many thanks for the TVCCovidTalks. It was most enlightening. being on furlough in lockdown, it’s great to connect with members of the industry again”.

“Thanks so much for organising all the excellent webinars for The TV Collective. I enjoyed the Optimising CV session today and hearing what the talent managers at BBC, ITV and Channel 5 look for in CVs and applicants”.

“Thanks and you’re a superstar for organising especially in these times!”

“Congrats, TV Collective….great sessions and great hosting I hope it can be a regular thing”.