3. THE DIAMOND PROCESS

Diamond?diversity monitoring has been designed to be completed as efficiently as possible as part of your overall production paperwork. The process uses?Silvermouse, which you may already be using for ?Programme As Completed? paperwork. Diamond replaces all previous diversity monitoring forms within Silvermouse (which differed by broadcaster). This new cross-broadcaster system captures two measures of diversity:

  • Actual: the self-declared diversity characteristics of everyone contributing to the production, including on-screen talent and off-screen crew and production staff.
  • Perceived: the diversity characteristics of on-screen characters and contributors to the programme as viewers might see or hear them.

You can find more detail about each of these two measures in sections 4 and 5 of these Guidance Notes.

In these Guidance Notes,?contributor?refers to anyone involved in the programme, either on- or off-screen, including crew, production staff and on-screen talent. While the term ?contributor? is often used in production companies to refer specifically to people appearing on-screen, this broader definition is consistent with the range of individuals whose information is entered on the?Contributors Form?in?Silvermouse, and will be familiar to existing Silvermouse users.

The Diamond Process diagram

Diamond uses four forms to collect and monitor?diversity data:

  • the?Contributors Form
  • Diversity Actual Form
  • Diversity Perceived Form
  • the?Diversity Self-declaration Form?(or DSF).

The diagram on the previous page shows how the forms relate to each other.

The following three headings in this section explain how to enter contributors? information in Silvermouse. The next heading covers programmes in which contributors are engaged directly by the production company or broadcaster, under contracts or release forms that are governed by UK (English & Welsh, Scots or Northern Irish) law ? this will be the norm for most programmes. The following two headings cover contributors who are not engaged directly by the production company or broadcaster (including particular rules for Background/Walk On/Supporting Artists), and contributors engaged on contracts or given release forms that are not governed by UK law.