In response to the Covid-19 crisis, The TV Collective has partnered with Channel 4, BBC, ITV and BFI to launch a series of online events for BAME industry professionals.
The TV Collective coaches, champions and connects BAME workers with each other and to paid opportunities.
The sessions will help to specifically address the challenges BAME professionals face and will be a mix of free live talks and Q&A’s led by industry experts across TV, digital media and the creative industries.
Each session will allow attendees to discuss and collaborate and receive career advice, while exploring the new business models and ways of working adopted by the industry.
Attendees can join events via The TV Collective’s Facebook or Instagram Live and their questions will be answered in an ‘Any Questions’ type format.
The first session was led by industry coach Remy Blumenfeld, a former ITV executive and indie founder. He answered questions and gave advice on the best ways to keep a positive mindset and how to build bridges in these uncertain times.
Ade Rawcliffe, ITV’s Head of Diversity for Commissioning, recognised that ITV want to hire talent from a wide range of backgrounds.
She added: “ITV connects with millions of people every day, reflecting and shaping the world we live in. We do this through the power of creativity, and we are fostering that creativity by embedding diversity and inclusion across our business.”
Miranda Wayland, BBC's Head of Creative Diversity, commented: "I'm excited that we're partnering with The TV Collective to support our BAME industry professionals at this time.
“We're committed to ensuring we fully support diverse talent during these challenging times, and it speaks to the heart of BBC's commitment around the wider diversity agenda."
Offering those in the industry the support of Channel 4 was a priority, said Miranda Wayland, Head of Creative Diversity at Channel 4.
She said: “We are always looking for ways of not only improving diversity, but more importantly seeking out opportunities to address the additional challenges that talent from BAME backgrounds may encounter.
“We are pleased to be joining forces with The TV Collective to provide support during the ongoing crisis.”
Some of the contributors include Jonny Mounsor, Content Manager at Spotify, Nasfim Haque- Commissioning Editor at BBC Three, Vivienne Molokwu, Commissioning Editor of Features and Formats Channel 4, Commissioning Editor of Factual Entertainment at ITV, Kwadjo Dajan a Bafta winning scripted producer and Alex Wheatle, a screen writer who helped script Steve McQueen's upcoming BBC production, Small Axe.
More contributors are to be announced over the coming weeks.
The sessions will take place until July 2020. Find out more information about the events here.