Westminster Media Forum

Next steps for improving inclusion in the UK screen sector

Morning, Thursday, 6th December 2018

Central London


This timely seminar will be an opportunity for key stakeholders, policymakers and regulators to assess latest thinking on improving inclusion in the UK screen sector - both on and off-screen.

It takes place in the context of the BBC’s recently published report on BAME career progression and culture, with Ofcom due to report on their Annual Diversity in Broadcasting monitoring programme in the Autumn, and following high profile cases around pay, harassment in the sector, and lack of on-screen representation.

Delegates will discuss how the sector might work more collaboratively in order to develop a joined-up approach to inclusion and equal opportunities, and the role of policy and regulation going forward.

They will also consider next steps for overcoming barriers to entry into the sector and developing the next-gen skills pipeline - including issues around education, careers advice, sector initiatives and recruitment - as well as what more is needed to discover and attract diverse talent.

Further sessions focus on key challenges around progression - looking at transparency and monitoring, working conditions, and diversity in leadership and decision making roles - as well as priorities for delivering diverse creative output for the UK and globally.

Guest of Honour

Tunde Ogungbesan

Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Succession, BBC

Keynote Speakers

Tunde Ogungbesan

Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Succession, BBC

Amanda Nevill

Chief Executive Officer, BFI

Neil Hatton

Chief Executive Office, UK Screen Alliance


Justin Edgar

Co-Founder, 104 Films

Vikki Cook

Director, Standards and Audience Protection, Ofcom

Bob Clarke

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mama Youth Project

Christine Payne

General Secretary, Equity

Emily Guarino

Head of Legal & Business Affairs, Maverick TV