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October 2015

Amanda Ariss Executive Director Creative Diversity Network


I’m delighted to welcome you to the very first Creative Diversity Network newsletter. The newsletter, which will come out every month, will help people in the industry and our stakeholders stay up to date on diversity. We’ll be covering what CDN is doing plus diversity news from across TV and other sectors. The new CDN executive team of Tanya Mukherjee, Larissa Fischer and myself are heavily involved in delivering the Diamond diversity monitoring system. We’ve appointed the Indie Training Fund to run face to face Diamond training for around 1500 people, and they’ll be contacting indies later in the autumn to arrange training sessions. Further online support for all production companies will be provided via a package of e-learning modules. We’ll share more Diamond news in future CDN newsletters.


Diversity in Television: Lenny Henry 18 months on

BAFTA in partnership with Creative Diversity Network


Sir Lenny Henry returns to BAFTA, a year and a half after his headline-grabbing lecture held the TV industry to account for their record on diversity, to assess what progress has been made and consider if this will be enough to ensure growth and sustainability for diverse talent in the TV industry.

In his 2014 BAFTA Television Lecture Sir Lenny called for new legislation to reverse the “appalling percentage” of BAME people working in the television industry. Lenny proposed a plan to ring-fence money for BAME programming, hoping for “radical change” to achieve a screen where “great programmes are produced by the multi-cultural many as opposed to the mono-cultural elite”.

Image: BAFTA/Jonathan Birch
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Thinking Outside the Box – supporting the television broadcasting
industry to increase diversity

Our creative industries lead the world and it’s important that the most talented candidates see a job in television as a rewarding career. Yet the figures show that some groups may be experiencing barriers to getting into the sector and progressing when they get there. The Equality and Human Rights Commission has drawn up guide to assist broadcasters, indies, freelancers and production facilities, which outlines some basic principles of equality law, particularly in relation to disability, and offers advice on overcoming barriers to diversity in the industry. Read the guide
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Edinburgh Television Festival
2015 round-up
Diversity was the hot topic at this year’s Edinburgh Television Festival with Creative Skillset, in partnership with …
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CDN’s Commissioner
Development Programme
The Commissioner Development Programme aims to increase the diversity of talent at commissioning …
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CDN Open Newsroom Wednesday 21 October 2015
Following the huge success of the CDN’s News Industry Working Group’s Open Newsroom Day 2014, broadcasters will once again open up their newsrooms on 21st October to  …
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Creative Skillset Census 2015
Creative Skillset is once again giving creative media employers the chance to stand up and be counted in the first industry-wide census since 2012. With your help, the 2015 …
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