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March 2016

Amanda Ariss OBE Executive Director Creative Diversity Network
News in Brief

It’s been another busy month at CDN HQ particularly as we approach announcing a launch date for Diamond.

We were delighted that in Broadcast’s latest survey three quarters of indies say they feel very or quite clear about what Diamond will involve. Face-to-face Diamond training sessions run by the Indie Training Fund have been taking place in London, Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol with very positive feedback. We’ve also held our first Diamond webinar, organised by CDN-member Pact. We are moving closer to a launch date for Diamond as we put the system through its final usability tests; once they’re complete we’ll move on to anti-hacking testing and then go live.

Diamond continues to stimulate interest and debate and, as the first industry-wide diversity monitoring system of its kind in the world, we have been attracting interest from the US, Australia and Europe with media outlets keen to hear more about its implementation. We are planning further webinars on Diamond so do look out for news of them on our website and @tweetCDN.

We are also working hard on other new projects…..keep reading

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Insiders’ View with Bella Lambourne, Global Head of HR, Endemol Shine UK
We are set for a busy and exciting year ahead here at Endemol Shine UK. As a company it is our aim to ensure that diversity is at the heart of everything we do. However, we still believe a huge importance must be placed on initiatives, partnerships and practices to guarantee that the industry represents those from all social backgrounds.

We fully support the rollout of Diamond which we hope will revolutionize how we monitor diversity both on and off screen and we hope it will bring real change in the television industry as a whole. Training has begun for many of our staff on how to implement the practice and we are looking forward to launching this across our productions in the next few months.

With the imminent launch of Diamond we thought we would take this opportunity to share with you our activity in a number of other schemes….keep reading

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Commissioner Development Programme Update

Commissioning executives on the CDN and Creative Skillset-sponsored Commissioner Development Programme are firmly ensconced in their roles at the broadcasters with commissions coming through the pipeline.

Manpreet Dosanjh who joined Channel 4’s Drama Team as Commissioning Executive in September 2015 has now been appointed as the new Commissioning Editor on Hollyoaks. Manpreet takes up her new post this month. She has a solid background in serial television having worked as a script editor on Eastenders and Coronation Street as well as ITV’s Vera.

Over at Channel 5, Ninder Billing is now responsible for about 20 hours of output a week including the two-hour daily……keep reading

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In my opinion….

In the first of a new series, Kate Kinninmont MBE, Chief Executive of Women in Film and TV, talks about her career, the TV industry and diversity.
1. How did you get into the TV industry?
Via radio. I was working in Adult Education and promoting so many community initiatives to a BBC Radio consumer affairs progamme that they asked me to join the department as a researcher. From there I became a producer, then moved to TV as, successively, Director….keep reading

People from BAME backgrounds still face barriers to jobs market
New research from the Resolution Foundation shows that people from BAME backgrounds face higher barriers in the jobs market as well as receiving lower pay than their white counterparts. The research also found that the employment gap between the best and worst performing regions of the UK was 11%, but the figure is 26% for BAME people.
Reverse Job Fair” trialled to support disabled jobseekers
Employers have pledged to do more to support disabled jobseekers after an event held by Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson. The “reverse job fair”, where local employers meet with disability charities to discuss their recruitment needs, was held in October 2015, and sought to link employers with local charities supporting disabled people to get into work.