Key Points
  • Reviewing the Annual Ofcom Report: understanding where we are and what more can be done to increase diversity on and off screen
  • Recruiting, Retaining and Career Progression: increasing sustainable and real opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds
  • Challenging the Role of Commissioners and Production: changing who, what and where we see on-screen to promote inclusion
  • Improving Access On and Off-screen: exploring excellent initiatives from broadcasters for people with disabilities to achieve doubling disability


Overview

“Just as diversity is about representing the broadest possible range of people, achieving it requires the widest possible collaboration”. Sharon White, Chief Executive, Ofcom


Confirmed Speakers:

Amy Turton, Diamond Project Manager, Creative Diversity Network
Bella Lambourne, HR Director, Endemol Shine UK
Jason Williams, Vice President Global Inclusion Strategy, Viacom
Miranda Wayland, Head of Inclusion and Diversity, BBC
Yasir Mirza, Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Channel 4
Jackie Beer, Group Director of Diversity and Inclusion, BT
Seetha Kumar, Chief Executive, ScreenSkills
Josie Dobrin, Chief Executive, Creative Access
Carla Mitchell, Project Manager, Four Corners

This September, Ofcom will release their third Diversity and Equal Opportunities in TV report after last year’s report suggested many groups remaining poorly represented off and on screen. Our annual Diversity in TV forum will review the 2019 Ofcom report, what to expect from the publication and what more can be done to increase inclusion.

This forum will look at the barriers to access, on and off screen, for different types of diversity including ethnicity, sexuality, people with disabilities, gender and regional.

Challenge your strategy to recruiting and retaining people from diverse backgrounds by offering meaningful, sustainable opportunities, and, career progression.

On-screen:

  • Gain insight on the influence of commissioners
  • Learn how hearing from diverse voices can remove bias in TV and strengthen your audience reach
  • Explore how commissioners and production teams can create authentic content and on-screen roles reducing tokenism and typecasting
  • Hear from Channel 4 on how to change who we see on-screen and the benefit of making more representational TV

  • Off-screen:

  • Engage with industry experts to create an inclusive working environment that promotes people from all backgrounds
  • Last year, only 6%* of people working in TV defined themselves as disabled, far lower than the UK population, BT, one of the leading broadcasters, will share their initiative to increase access and overcoming barriers to employment.

  • Join key stakeholders from across the industry to collaborate and share initiatives, promoting diversity both on and off-screen.

    Agenda
    Start

    08:45 - 09:15
    Registration

     

    09:15 - 09:25
    Chair's Opening Remarks

     

    09:25 - 09:45
    Keynote: Reviewing the Annual Diversity in TV Report by Ofcom: Improving Representation both on and off screen

     
    • Exploring the impact of increased expectations and tightening criteria by Ofcom
    • Understanding what else major and indie broadcasters can do to overcome barriers and increase representation
    • Analysing the data, what's missing and the challenges of meeting quotas
    • Examining the pay gap for different groups including people with disabilities, BAME and women
    9.45 - 9.55 Questions and Discussion

    09:55 - 10:25
    On-Screen: Changing the Approach to Recruitment to Increase Diversity on TV

     
    • Changing the attitudes and the culture of recruitment for on-screen roles
    • Moving away from stereotypes and reducing tokenism to create authentic characters and roles for people from diverse backgrounds
    • Recruiting more diverse individuals as a commissioners and in production to increase diversity on-screen
    • Increasing the talent pool, using initiatives to engage and train people from different backgrounds
    10.25 - 10.35 Questions and Discussion

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    Seetha Kumar Chief Executive, ScreenSkills

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    10:35 - 10:50
    Case Study: Successfully Promoting Diversity On-Screen

     
    • Understanding the benefit of making TV more representative of wider society and engaging a more diverse audience
    • Exploring new initiatives developed to improve opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds including BAME, people with disabilities and LGBTQ
    • Creating an inclusive working environment, working with broadcasters and commissioners to change who we see on-screen
    • Improving regional diversity and opportunities to enable more diverse content on-screen
    10.50 - 11.00 Questions and Discussion

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    Yasir Mirza Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Channel 4

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    11:00 - 11:30
    Coffee and Networking Break

     

    11:30 - 12:00
    Panel: Off-Screen: Improving Career Progression for People from Diverse Backgrounds

     
    • Increasing the number of women, BAME, LGBTQ and people with disabilities in senior positions
    • Challenging initiatives to reach their potential and improve support for people from diverse backgrounds working in TV
    • Changing who is in senior positions, working in commissioning, and the impact on production
    • Examining barriers to career progression for people from diverse backgrounds
    • Addressing concerns of the 'revolving door', creating meaningful job opportunities, retaining trainees and apprentices
    12.00 - 12.10 Questions and Discussion

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    Carla Mitchell Project Manager, Four Corners

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    Josie Dobrin Chief Executive, Creative Access

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    12:10 - 12:40
    Case Study: Improving Diversity Off-Screen: Supporting People with Disabilities

     
    • Improving access and support provisions for people with disabilities
    • Identifying recruitment tools to help increase the number of people with disabilities working in TV
    • Implementing and creating strategies of successful support programmes for people with disabilities working in TV
    12:40 - 12:50 Questions and Discussion

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    Jackie Beer Group Director of Diversity and Inclusion

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    12:50 - 13:20
    BAME Employee: Overcoming Barriers and Changing the Culture of TV

     
    • Engaging employees and people from a BAME background in helping to inform and create change across TV
    • Understanding challenges such as accessing opportunities, typecasting and attitudes for people from a BAME background
    • Reviewing the role of commissioners and the collaboration between commissioning and production to increase diversity
    • Changing how and what is commissioned, creating diverse content
    • Exploring how broadcasters and production teams can redesign roles to reduce diversity bias
    13.20 - 13.30 Questions and Discussion

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    Bella Lambourne HR Director, Endemol Shine UK

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    13:30 - 13:35
    Chair's Closing Remarks

     

    End

    Speakers

    Jackie Beer Group Director of Diversity and Inclusion

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    Josie Dobrin Chief Executive, Creative Access

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    Seetha Kumar Chief Executive, ScreenSkills

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    Bella Lambourne HR Director, Endemol Shine UK

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    Neil Longden Area Flood and Coastal Risk Manager, Environment Agency

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    Yasir Mirza Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Channel 4

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    Carla Mitchell Project Manager, Four Corners

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    Ade Rawcliffe Head of Diversity, ITV

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    Nicholas Read

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    Amy Turton Diamond Project Manager, Creative Diversity Network

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    Jason Williams Vice President Global Inclusion Strategy, Viacom

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    Venue details

    Central London


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