The Creative Diversity Network can today announce the nominees for the Creative Diversity Awards 2014, which will take place on November 11th at the London Studios of current CDN chair, ITV.
Hosted by actor and presenter, Warwick Davis, the CDN Awards celebrate excellence around the diversity agenda – on and off-screen – in British television production.
Recognising the importance of on-screen talent in changing and challenging perceptions, the names competing for the Best On-screen Talent Award, for their outstanding work on-screen include: Ade Adepitan for Unreported World: Jamaica’s Underground Gays (Channel 4, Quicksilver Media), David Olusoga for The World’s War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire (Episode One: Martial Races, BBC2, BBC Productions / The Open University) and Leyla Hussein for The Cruel Cut (Channel 4, Love Productions).
The nominees in the Writer/Director category include Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith, the writers of Acme Film’s Channel 4 drama, RUN, producer-director Satnam Authi for Blakeway North’s CBBC film My Life: The Most Famous School in the World, and a further nomination for British Nigerian historian and filmmaker David Olusoga, writer and presenter of The World’s War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire (Episode One: Martial Races, BBC2, BBC Productions / The Open University).
The Achievement in Production category recognises an individual or team who has made a significant impact to improving diversity in any aspect of production either on screen or off screen. The Unreported World Team – Quicksilver Media Productions are nominated in this category, in recognition of the diversity of their team and the subjects they cover, in the acclaimed foreign affairs strand. The Holby City Production and Editorial Team are also nominated, for their demonstrable commitment to on-screen diversity. The Shine Group’s The Hatch scheme, giving young talent from social diverse backgrounds a break in the television industry is the third nominee in this category.
The commissioners nominated in the Special Recognition for Commissioning category are Aaqil Ahmed, BBC Commissioning Editor Religion and Head of Religion & Ethics, Llion Iwan Commissioner, Factual Content at S4C and Siobhan Sinnerton, Channel 4 Commissioning Editor for News and Current Affairs.
Nominated in the Best News Coverage category are BBC News, for their reporting across news programmes on Female Genital Mutilation, including reporter Reeta Chakrabarti who interviewed campaigners and midwives as well as three generations of one family affected by FGM, and Anne Soy providing a global perspective, travelling to Kenya to demonstrate some of the difficulties in challenging firmly entrenched traditions. ITV News Anglia are nominated for their approach to a cochlear implant story – through clever use of sound design, photography and graphics, helping the viewer to understand the story of a man undergoing a treatment to enable him to hear for the first time. Another regional news team, ITV News Central, are nominated for their coverage of female genital mutilation, which included reports from newcomer Emma Burrows, who presented a bold series of reports looking at the issue from a local perspective, as well as an item produced by young people as part of ITV’s Fixers initiative which allows young people to shape the new agenda themselves.
In the Best On-screen Representation of Disability category the three nominated programmes include Fy Chwaer a Fi (S4C, Bulb Films, part of Boom Pictures Cymru) which followed twins who suffer from the same rare degenerative disease, Fields’ Condition, which has over time severely limited their ability to move and communicate. Fy Chwaer a Fi’ (My Sister and Me), part of S4C’s ‘O’r Galon’ (From the Heart) series, documents the life of the girls in their own words – using a speech aid they were able to write their own script, and give their own account of how it feels to be an 18 year-old with their life-threatening condition. In its second nomination at the awards, Unreported World: Jamaica’s Underground Gays (Channel 4, Quicksilver Media) is nominated for Ade Adepitan’s compassion, confidence, boldness and intrepid spirit as a reporter telling this story. Also nominated is Growing Up Down’s (BBC 3, Maverick TV and Dartmouth Film), which follows a touring production of Hamlet, staged by Blue Apple Theatre Company, whose members all have learning disabilities. The filmmaker, Will Jessop, had unique access to the group over 18 months, as his brother Tommy is the lead actor, and their mother is the founder of the company. Consequently the footage shows intimate moments, creating a rites-of-passage tale, where the protagonists have space to tell their stories. Their disability is part of who they are but is incidental to the universal themes that any teenager will recognise.
On the night the winner of The CDN Groundbreaking Programme category will be announced, which has been voted for by the readers of Broadcast. The category includes the following nominees:
– BBC Inside Out London – Grooming Special
– BBC1 (London, West Midlands, East Midlands), BBC London
– Channel 4, The Garden Productions
– Behind Closed Doors; Elderly Care Exposed – Panorama
– BBC 1, BBC Panorama
– Fy Chwaer a Fi
– S4C, Bulb FIlms, part of Boom Pictures Cymru
– Growing Up Down’s
– BBC3, Maverick and Dartmouth Films for BBC3
– Marrying Mum and Dad: Dad and Dad Civil Partnership episode
– CBBC, CBBC Productions Salford
– The Cruel Cut
– Channel 4, Love Productions
– What’s Up
– Sky 1, Licklemore Productions
The CDN Diversity Champion Award will also be unveiled on the night, and this award will honour an industry leader who has demonstrated a sustained, long-term, and significant commitment to diversity but who does not necessarily have diversity as their core role.