Who is Marverine Cole, the newest presenter on Good Morning Britain?

Newsreader Marverine, a recent addition to the group, has been seated behind the desk among familiar names like Charlotte Hawkins and Ben Shephard.
As one of just ten Black British women to have ever given national and international news broadcasts in the UK throughout the course of the previous 40 years, she created history. Marverine has worked as a television news anchor for Sky News, 5 News, BBC Midlands Today, and ITV Central News in Birmingham.

Black Girls Don’t Cry, a BBC Radio 4 programme about mental health, earned her the Journalist of the Year honour at the 2019 Mind Media Awards. She also frequently appears on Steph’s Packed Lunch, a popular Channel 4 midday programme. She was a presenter for QVC before joining them in 2013, making history as the first Black female presenter on the TV shopping channel in its twenty-year existence.

Don’t forget to tune in to ITV’s Good Morning Britain, which airs weekdays at 6am, to see her on the show.

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British Broadcasters & Streamers Launch The TV Access Project Demanding Change From UK Studios On “Clear & Disturbing” Disabled Access Issues

Major British broadcasters and streamers have called for studios and post-production facilities to make changes in response to “obvious and worrying” access difficulties affecting the industry’s handicapped population.

The TV Access Project (TAP), a plan to rid the industry of horrifying accessibility issues, will be unveiled as the leading cross-industry effort at this week’s Edinburgh Television Festival, Deadline can exclusively report. The project is being led by BBC Chief Content Officer Charlotte Moore.

TAP has the support of key producer trade organisation Pact and the Creative Diversity Network, as well as the BBC, Channel 4, Britbox International, Disney+ UK, ITV, Paramount, Prime Video, Sky, and UKTV (CDN).

TAP started off quietly in April when Moore, one of the most influential figures in British broadcasting, assisted in bringing together disabled creatives, UK industry leaders, and organisations like Pact, the CDN, Triple C DANC (Disabled Artists Networking Community), and DDPTV (Deaf and Disabled People in TV) to discuss accessibility and the state of facilities.

Top representatives from significant companies, including the BBC, ITV, Sky UK and Ireland, Amazon Studios & Prime Video UK, Britbox International, and many more, signed a letter that TAP prepared. TAP recommends creating a “document of accessible standards” and going through a three-stage process, which includes an Autumn roundtable with studios to build a route toward improved accessibility, work on a pan-industry access group, and a facility assessment to “set a target schedule for fulfilling access needs.”

Read the full Letter here

Netflix’s Tinder Swindler duo gets a follow-up project with the SVoD giant.

The Raw TV team Felicity Morris and Bernadette Higgins, who previously worked together on the critically acclaimed Netflix film The Tinder Swindler, have landed a second project with the SVoD giant.

The three-parter is one of the first commissions from recently recruited documentary series commissioner Adam Hawkins, who comes from Raw, and former Pulse executive Nelesh Dhand.

Details regarding the true crime documentary, which started filming earlier this month, are being kept under wraps to avoid spoilers. It’s a loud and raucous project from amazing, young British talent, according to Hawkins, and it’s a very twisted, turny criminal narrative.

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A Theft Of Lies, a heist drama written by Chris Cornwell, will be produced by Three Tables Productions in the UK and Germany’s ZDF Studios.

The heist drama A Theft of Lies (working title) was devised and written by Chris Cornwell, who has also written for Strike Back and A Discovery of Witches. It is being produced by British independent Three Tables Productions and broadcast in Germany by ZDF Studios.

In the series, a skilled thief and an art forger must work together to recover priceless Asian artworks that were stolen during Britain’s colonial era. The plot was influenced by a number of daring real-life thefts of Chinese art from European museums and collections during the past ten years.

The quest for self-identity and a sense of belonging is a lifetime one that is familiar to each and every one of us, according to Yi Qiao, Director Drama at ZDF Studios. This creates a captivating setting for narrative, as you can see when you connect it to the current conversation about colonial history of art and artefacts.

“Therefore, when JT Wong from Three Tables presented us with this unique narrative by Chris Cornwell, there was no doubt on our part to join A Theft of Lies. These aspects are not only combined, but they are also made into a high-stakes robbery drama. I’m beyond excited that ZDF Studios will be taking part in this adventure.

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Rich Mix and the British Urban Film Festival collaborate for the 2022 edition

The British Urban Film Festival’s director, Justin Chinyere, has chosen a schedule of 74 short films and 20 feature films for the BUFF 2022 edition, which will take place at Rich Mix in Shoreditch from November 26 to December 3.

Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe launched the British Urban Film Festival in July 2005. It is a division of the Emmanuel & Clare Anyiam-Osigwe-owned British Urban Film Festival & Awards C.I.C. The 2023 BAFTA awards (for British Short Films and British Short Animation), the 2022 Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Event, the 2022 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), and the 2022 African Movie Academy Awards are also open to films chosen at this year’s festival (AMAA).

BUFF 2022 features line-up

  • “Absolutely Marvellous”, directed by Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe
  • “Something Ain’t Right”, directed by Susan Ruth Downs MD & Alex Voss
  • “The Sun Rises in the East”, directed by Tayo Giwa
  • “Child of the Occult”, directed by Adesola Sunday Oyin-Adejobi, Isaac Oluwole Olaleye
  • “No Bad Guys”, directed by George Gittoes
  • “The Full Moon’s Selfie”, directed by Natalia Girlina
  • “Kash Kash – without feathers we can’t live”, directed by Lea Najjar
  • “Black Daddy the Movie”, directed by Damon Jamal Taylor
  • “Savage Land”, directed by Campbell Dalglish & Dr Henrietta Mann
  • “Pattern”, directed by Ivan Madeira
  • “The Anger”, directed by Marie Surae
  • “Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story”, directed by Denise Dowse
  • “Hostile”, directed by Sonita Gale
  • “When We Speak”, directed by Tas Brooker
  • “Mere Desh Ki Dharti”, directed by Faraz Haider
  • “Collision Course”, directed by Bolanle Austen-Peters
  • “Fenom”, directed by Kayla Johnson
  • “Donkey Dust”, directed by Kit Akinluyi
  • “The Wife and her House Husband”, directed by Marcus Markou
  • “Four O’Clock Flowers”, directed by Peter Callow

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