Key Points
  • On-Screen - Priorities for reflecting the diversity of the UK on screen
  • Off-Screen - Diversity Behind the Camera
  • Class Case Study
  • Career Progression and Retention - opportunities for progression and creating a culture of inclusivity
Guest of Honour

Jacquie Hughes Director, Content Policy Team, Content & Media Policy Group, Ofcom

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Overview
Our third annual diversity in tv forum will bring together key stakeholders from across the sector to discuss next steps for supporting and promoting diversity both in front of, and behind, the camera.

Equality and diversity on-screen: Delegates will examine diversity in on-screen talent, considering gender, race, religion, disability, class and sexual orientation. How to increase the acting talent pool, the impact of Government regulated quotas, how to influence the decision makers who control who we see on screen and how to overcome on-screen tokenism and stereotyping.

Barriers to Entry – education, recruitment and promoting a diverse talent pool: Attendees will examine options for overcoming barriers to entry and promoting careers in the tv industry to individuals from diverse backgrounds. Discussion will focus on outreach and placement projects for college and university students, the effectiveness and transparency of current recruitment practices and options for further regional diversity, following the success of Media City and proposals to relocate Channel 4.

Career Progression and Retention – opportunities for progression and creating a culture of inclusivity: Discussion will focus on the representation of minorities in senior management positions within the sector, how to accelerate the rise of executives from diverse backgrounds and next steps for improving career progression and retention for individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 08:55
Registration, Refreshments and Networking

 

08:55 - 09:00
Opening Remarks

 

09:00 - 09:30
Promoting Diversity in TV

 

Speakers

Jacquie Hughes Director, Content Policy Team, Content & Media Policy Group, Ofcom

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09:30 - 10:25
On-Screen: Representing Society

 
  • The challenges, opportunities and barriers for making TV more representative of society as a whole
  • Implications of quotas for on-screen diversity
  • Influencing the decision makers that control who we see on screen
  • Growing the diverse talent pool to choose from and encouraging people from diverse backgrounds to audition
  • Tackling on-screen ageism
  • Overcoming on-screen tokenism and stereotyping
  • Learning from other industries about how they improve diversity

Speakers

Ian Manborde Diversity Officer, Equity

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Ramy El-Bergamy On-Screen Diversity Executive, Channel 4

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10:25 - 10:55
Networking and Refreshment Break

 

10:55 - 11:25
Spotlight: Class and Diversity in Television

 

11:25 - 12:15
Off-Screen: Diversity Behind the Camera

 
  • Opportunities, challenges and barriers for increasing diversity in behind the scenes roles
  • Implications of active and passive intervention (e.g quoas, sanctioned positive discrimination and benchmarking) by regulators, broadcasters and Government
  • Outreach and placement projects for college and university students
  • Effective recruitment practices
  • Opportunities for geographical regional diversity
  • Providing opportunities for those from poorer backgrounds to gain experience in the industry
  • Facilitating writing for diversity to get diversity into the script
  • Getting diverse people on decision making panels
  • Exploring how lack of on-screen representation affects diversity behind the camera

Speakers

Ade Rawcliffe Head of Diversity, ITV

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Cat Lewis CEO & Executive Producer, Nine Lives Media

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12:15 - 12:55
Career Progression and Retention – opportunities for progression and creating a culture of inclusivity

 
  • Implications of gender pay gap reporting and supporting women in the workplace
  • Taking a consistent and pro-active approach to career progression and diversity
  • Addressing unconscious bias
  • Encouraging employees voices to inform change
  • Understanding barriers to in-work progression
  • Getting more diverse talent into senior leadership positions
  • Examples of impactful initiatives to improve the working environment for people from diverse backgrounds
  • Overcoming retention challenges
  • Redesigning roles to reduce diversity bias
  • Addressing ageism in the workplace

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Joanna Abeyie Founder & DIrector, Hyden Talent

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12:55 - 13:00
Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Joanna Abeyie Founder & DIrector, Hyden Talent

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Ramy El-Bergamy On-Screen Diversity Executive, Channel 4

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Jacquie Hughes Director, Content Policy Team, Content & Media Policy Group, Ofcom

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Cat Lewis CEO & Executive Producer, Nine Lives Media

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Ian Manborde Diversity Officer, Equity

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Ade Rawcliffe Head of Diversity, ITV

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Venue details

Central London


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