Breakthrough Leaders, the career development programme, which supports 50 future TV industry leaders from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to smash the glass ceiling and take the next major step in their careers, is back for a second year and pleased to announce the selection of leaders chosen to take part in the 2022 programme.

The list of 50 leaders includes Amina Badresingth, Series Editor of Gogglebox; Ash Greenwood Creative Executive, YouTube Originals; Damian Kent VP, Legal & Business Affairs, Global Drama at Fremantle and Faraz Osman Managing Director and Head of Creative at Gold Wala. See the full list here .

Supported by Fremantle, one of the world’s largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of Entertainment, Drama & Film and Documentaries, the programme, created by Simone Pennant MBE, founder of TVC and Industry coach Remy Blumenfeld, aims to tackle the “frozen middle”: mid to senior level TV professionals from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds who feel like their careers have stagnated and are ready for a breakthrough.

This year’s programme couldn’t have come at a better time according to the recently released Diamond report by The Creative Diversity Network which states that ‘despite an array of diversity initiatives being introduced, no significant gains have been made when increasing representation in higher-level positions.’

Breakthrough Leaders founder Simone Pennant MBE said: “I am so excited we are able to run Leaders again with the generous support of Fremantle. We welcome another phenomenal cohort who I know will go on to have the breakthroughs for themselves that they deserve. Last year our leaders achieved some incredible results including senior job promotions, winning multiple awards and commissions, and setting up production companies. 83% of last year’s cohort said they felt the programme had progressed their career in a meaningful way.”

“This is not some training scheme targeted at new entrants. Instead, we offer the support for advancement to seasoned TV professionals, meeting them were they are in their career and helping them to take the next step.  Last year’s results speak for themselves. This year, I have been encouraged to see the increased number of black men being nominated or nominating themselves to be part of the programme. I can’t wait to see what 2022 leaders will go on to achieve”

The Breakthrough Leaders programme is the first of its kind to combine bespoke career coaching, an industry champion, and masterclasses to a cohort that has worked in the industry for eight or more years.

The 50 Leaders were nominated by their industry peers and have worked across roles such as commissioning, production management, series producing and executive producing, as well as marketing, communications and HR.

I feel honoured to have been nominated by Stephen Yemoh who was a part of the Breakthrough Leaders group last year and am  so proud to be selected . This  programme is exactly what I need right now and what so many of us  in the industry have needed for long time .  I’m really looking forward  to going on this journey with such diverse and  creative talent and in turn open doors for many moreAmina Badresingth, Series Editor of Gogglebox

I’m honoured to have been selected this year’s Breakthrough Leaders. It’s a scheme that has already made clear and positive difference in senior representation within our industry and I’m excited to be part of that on-going movement. I’m looking forward to working and collaborating with such an inspiring group of creative thinkers and doers and watching us all rise together. Faraz Osman Managing Director and Head of Creative at Gold Wala

We’re extremely proud to continue to partner with Simone on the Breakthrough Leaders programme. The high calibre of talent, and the sheer number of leaders being elevated through the programme shows there is no shortage of exceptional talent in the industry. The talent is there and this programme’s levelling the playing field for them to excel in their careersBabita Bahal, Group Head of Divrsity, Equity and Inclusion at Fremantle.