The UK screen industries need to be more inclusive. People such as women and people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are under-represented across the sector. People from disadvantaged backgrounds also often struggle to break in.
As part of our commitment to changing these worrying statistics, ScreenSkills is organising a half-day conference in Leeds on 11 March about the practical ways in which the industry can improve diversity and inclusion in screen.
The conference will be opened by ScreenSkills Head of Policy Mark Heholt who will speak about the current diversity and inclusivity challenges faced by the industry. His introduction will be followed by Building a diverse workforce, a panel discussion and Q&A session chaired by Lisa Holdsworth (RTS). Panellist include Rozina Breen (BBC) and Sinead Rocks (Channel 4).
The first half of the event will conclude with a presentation of ScreenSkills diversity programmes, offered to create a more inclusive workforce.
Following a short break delegates will be able to attend two of four breakout sessions:
- Unconscious bias: this session is based on ScreenSkills work with BIFA to develop unconscious bias training and will be led by Femi Otitoju (Challenge Consultancy) and Orestes Kouzof (BIFA).
- Leadership and management - recruiting and managing teams: based on HETV leadership essentials training , this includes how to manage diverse teams and to address bullying and harassment. This session will be led by Addie Orfila (freelance line producer)
- Breaking the barriers: a panel where we hear from those from protected characteristic groups on how they achieved success in their careers. This session will be chaired by Iyare Igiehon (BFI) and panellists include Harjeet Chhokar (Channel 4), Katie Player (production manager) and Charanprite Dhami (floor runner).
- How to monitor diversity and meet diversity standards: this panel gives practical tips on how producers can meet the diversity targets in both film and TV, with a case study from someone who successfully met those targets in one of their productions. This session will be chaired by Fiona Thomson (RTS) and panellists include Cat Marshall (Warp Films) and Miranda Wayland (BBC).