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Black women in TV salute their sisters: Part two

Nicola Gregory, Sarah Asante and Samantha Stewart are among those celebrating their peers for this year’s female-focused Black History Month.

To mark Black History Month – and this year’s theme of Saluting our Sisters – Broadcast asked a group of black women doing remarkable things in TV to nominate one other black woman in the industry who has inspired, influenced or supported them in their TV career.

The nominators were recommended by Annika Allen, All3Media’s head of diversity, equity and inclusion.

read below to see the full list of phenomenal black women that were nominated:

Nicola Gregory, Producer (Breakthrough Leader 2023)

Nicola Gregory is an award-winning creative producer of high end TV, film, and factual content, whose recent credits include Line Producing Riches (ITV/ Prime Video) and series producer on Emmy-nominated comedy series, Dreaming Whilst Black (BBC3/ A24).

Ade Rawcliffe, group director of D&I, ITV (Breakthrough Leader Mentor)

Ade Rawcliffe is Group Director of Diversity and Inclusion at ITV, and is a member of the Management Board. She has responsibility for all diversity and inclusion related matters across the Group, including leading, developing and growing ITV’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy on and off screen.

Nadine Marsh-Edwards, Film Producer

Nadine Marsh-Edwards is an RTS and BAFTA award winning film and television and film producer. Her recent television credits include as a producer the Emmy nominated, BAFTA and RTS winning JOE ALL ALONE, a four-part series for the BBC. Prior to Greenacre, she was the development executive on the award winning and BAFTA nominated AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK for ITV and the executive producer of THE GREY MAN for the BBC. 

Sarah Asante, Scripted Commissioning Editor, UKTV

Sarah Asante joined UKTV as commissioning editor in 2021 to drive the multi-channel broadcaster’s scripted comedy ambitions. She is responsible for developing, commissioning and executive producing new scripted comedy for both Dave and Gold. Her recent commissions include Sneakerhead, four comedy pilots by diverse new writers on Dave, and Murder They Hope and Newark, Newark on Gold.

Samantha Stewart, Current Director of Production at 72 Films.

Sam Stewart has recently taken on the newly created role of managing director for 72 Films, following two years as the director of production at the award-winning indie. Before joining 72 Films, she spent a decade as head of production at Knickerbockerglory TV.

Marilyn Bennett, Director of Production

With 26 years of experience, she has excelled in production management and finance across diverse genres for major channels. She has seamlessly transitioned between independent production companies and broadcasters. Her current role as the director of production is with Various Artists Limited.

Deborah Williams, Chief executive, Creative Diversity Network.

Deborah brings over 30 years’ experience working above and below the line in television, film and theatre, as well as policy development across the wider creative and cultural industries. She is an adviser to the UN and UNICEF on the rights of disabled people to cultural activities. She previously designed the BFI diversity standards and Arts Council England’s equality analysis process; for public sector equality duty compliance.

Sonia Meggie, Founder of Inspirational YOU

Sonia is well networked and connected to senior leaders globally.  Alongside her Diversity role she runs Inspirational YOU, an award winning social enterprise that is focused on empowering women, Black, Indian and Asian professionals and young people.

Over the last 15 years Sonia has supported businesses with their employee engagement and outreach and profiled hundreds of leaders on her panels in Parliament, Channel 4, BBC, ITV and the UK Supreme Court. 


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