Key Points
  • Women Off Screen: Evaluating the findings from the Director's UK Gender Inequality report, 'Who's Calling the Shots?', exploring the ERA 50:50 initiative with a focus on improving transparency within commissioning networks, and reviewing the Gender Inequality and Screenwriters report, WGGB's Equality Writes campaign
  • Women On Screen: Evaluating the portrayal of women on screen and the wider impact this has on diversity and inclusion attitudes in society
  • Progression, Retention and the Gender Pay Gap: Implications of gender pay gap reporting, taking a consistent and pro-active approach to career progression and addressing unconscious bias, as well as the need to redesign roles, especially leadership roles, to reduce gender bias


Overview

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Award winning stand up comedian, actor and writer TIFF STEVENSON

  • (Keynote) Vikki Cook, Director, Standards and Audience Protection, Ofcom
  • (Chair) Lucy Brown, Associate Dean of the Screen School at London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London & Founder /Director, Trailblazing Women On & Off Screen
  • Tiff Stevenson, Stand Up Comedian and Actress
  • Anna Thomson, Vice-Chair, Directors UK
  • Darcia Martin, Factual & Drama Director and Producer, Directors UK
  • Miranda Wayland, Diversity Lead, BBC Studios
  • Polly Kemp, Actress & Co-founder and Director, ERA 50:50
  • Lesley Gannon, Assistant General Secretary, Writer's Guild Great Britain (WGGB)
  • Belinde Ruth Stieve, Actress and Creator of NEROPA
  • Minnie Ayres, Director, Tri-Force Creative Network
  • Sarah Verrecchia, Employment Lawyer, Harbottle & Lewis LLP
  • Neil Percival, Director of Placements and Employability, Faculty of Arts Design and Social Sciences & Principal Lecturer, Northumbria University

On average, only 25% of television episodes in the UK are directed by women. By the same token, the percentage of television episodes in the last 10 years written by women stands at only 28%, and women take up considerably less leading acting roles. But it's not just about numbers, the portrayal of women on our TV screens are still disproportionately subservient characters compared to their male counterparts.

Our full-day conference on Gender Equality in Television will bring together key stakeholders from across the sector to discuss next steps for supporting gender equality initiatives both in front of, and behind the camera. You will gain key insights from Ofcom, who will be talking about their Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2018-2022. We will also have a range of stand-out speakers with on screen and off screen experience, from organisations such as Directors UK, the BBC and the Writer's Guild of Great Britain (WGGB).

This conference will review how employers and employees can harness a greater understanding of gender bias in the television industry and drive the agenda for change. There will be a specific focus on the following distinct areas:

    Women Off Screen
  • Evaluating the findings and data from the Director's UK Gender Inequality report Who's Calling the Shots? which focuses on reducing the gender gap between Male/Female Directors
  • Exploring the ERA 50:50 initiative with a focus on the absence of female written scripts being chosen by commissioners and improving transparency within commissioning networks
  • Reviewing the Gender Inequality and Screenwriters report, WGGB's Equality Writes campaign, which investigated the disparity of female written scripts in the last few years

  • Women On Screen
  • Evaluating the portrayal of women on screen and the wider impact this has on diversity and inclusion attitudes in society
  • Examine how we move away from the 'common' portrayal of women on screen and promote positive female role models
  • Inclusive Casting: Eliminating barriers preventing actresses from securing roles, the NEROPA Method, and tracing stereotypes and calling them out

  • A Career in TV: Progression, Retention and the Gender Pay Gap
  • Implications of gender pay gap reporting and what steps can be taken to resolve this issue
  • Taking a consistent and pro-active approach to career progression and addressing unconscious bias
  • Redesigning roles, especially leadership roles, to reduce gender bias
This conference follows on from our successful Diversity in TV events but will directly address the gender inequality experienced by women in the television industry.

Agenda
Start

08:45 - 09:15
Registration and Refreshments

 

09:15 - 09:20
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Lucy Brown Associate Dean of the Screen School at London College of Communication, UAL & Founder, Trailblazing Women On & Off Screen

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09:20 - 09:45
Keynote Address: Ofcom’s Diversity and Inclusion Targets

 
  • Reviewing Ofcom's Diversity and Inclusion Programme 2018-2022: Where we are now and the road ahead
  • Diversity and equal opportunities in television 2018: What does it show?
  • The current state of gender disparity on and behind the screen

Speakers

Vikki Cook Director, Standards and Audience Protection, Ofcom

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09:45 - 11:00
Women Off Screen

 
09:45-10:15 (including Q&A)
Equal representation of Directors
Darcia Martin, Writer/Director, BBC & Directors UK
Anna Thomson, Vice-Chair, Directors UK
  • Evaluating the findings and data from the Director’s UK Gender Inequality report “Who’s Calling the shots?”
  • What steps does the industry need to take to intervene
10:15-11:00
Panel session: Increasing the number of female written scripts being chosen by commissioners
Polly Kemp, Actress & Co-founder and Director, ERA 50:50
Lesley Gannon, Assistant General Secretary, Writers Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) 

  • Evaluating the absence of female written scripts being chosen by commissioners and assessing the subsequent effect this has on the portrayal of women on-screen
  • Improving transparency in the commissioning process and promoting open dialogue within these networks
  • Reviewing the Gender Inequality and Screenwriters report the WGGB’s Equality Writes campaign

Speakers

Polly Kemp Actress & Co-founder/ Director, ERA 50:50

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Lesley Gannon Assistant General Secretary, Writers Guild of Great Britain (WGGB)

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Anna Thomson Series Director/Producer & Vice-Chair, Directors UK

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Darcia Martin Chair, Diversity Working Group, Directors UK

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11:00 - 11:30
Networking Break

 

11:30 - 12:45
Women On Screen

 
11:30-12:00
Evaluating the portrayal of Women on Screen
Tiff Stevenson, Stand up Comic and Actress
  • The impact of women’s portrayal on wider diversity and inclusion
  • How do we move away from the ‘common’ portrayal of women?
  • Tackling the issue with 'all-male panels' on comedy shows while avoiding 'tokenism'
  • How much of female presenters and panellists' contributions make the final edited version on TV? 
12:00-12:45
Panel session: Inclusive Casting
Belinde Ruth Stieve, Actress and Creator of NEROPA
Minnie Ayres, Director, Tri-Force Creative Network
  • Eliminating barriers preventing actresses from securing roles
  • The NEROPA Method: Three ways to raise the number of female roles in a script and diversify cast  
  • Tracing stereotypes and calling them out- “Men talk, and women listen, men act and women look nice”


Speakers

Minnie Ayres Director, Tri-Force Creative Network

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Tiff Stevenson Stand Up Comedian and Actress

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Belinde Ruth Stieve Actress and Creator of NEROPA

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12:45 - 13:45
Networking Lunch

 

13:45 - 14:45
A Career in TV: Recruitment, retention and progression (Panel Session)

 
  • Identifying barriers to career progression for women in the industry
  • Inclusive recruitment in the workplace: ensuring inclusive recruitment 
  • Implications of gender pay gap reporting and supporting women in the workplace 
  • Taking a consistent and pro-active approach to career progression and diversity and addressing unconscious bias 
  • What are the legal challenges to inclusive recruitment? 
  • Redesigning roles to reduce gender bias

Speakers

Sarah Verrecchia Employment Lawyer, Harbottle & Lewis LLP

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Neil Percival Director of Placements and Employability, Faculty of Arts Design and Social Sciences & Principal Lecturer, Northumbria Universit

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Miranda Wayland Diversity Lead, BBC Studios

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14:45 - 14:50
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Lucy Brown Associate Dean of the Screen School at London College of Communication, UAL & Founder, Trailblazing Women On & Off Screen

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End

Speakers

Minnie Ayres Director, Tri-Force Creative Network

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Lucy Brown Associate Dean of the Screen School at London College of Communication, UAL & Founder, Trailblazing Women On & Off Screen

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Vikki Cook Director, Standards and Audience Protection, Ofcom

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Lesley Gannon Assistant General Secretary, Writers Guild of Great Britain (WGGB)

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Polly Kemp Actress & Co-founder/ Director, ERA 50:50

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Darcia Martin Chair, Diversity Working Group, Directors UK

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Neil Percival Director of Placements and Employability, Faculty of Arts Design and Social Sciences & Principal Lecturer, Northumbria Universit

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Belinde Ruth Stieve Actress and Creator of NEROPA

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Tiff Stevenson Stand Up Comedian and Actress

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Anna Thomson Series Director/Producer & Vice-Chair, Directors UK

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Sarah Verrecchia Employment Lawyer, Harbottle & Lewis LLP

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Miranda Wayland Diversity Lead, BBC Studios

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Venue details

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