Westminster Media Forum

Next steps for improving diversity in UK screen industries

Morning, Wednesday, 22nd November 2017

St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This timely seminar will assess the next steps that can be taken by industry and policymakers to improve diversity in the UK screen industries - both on and off screen.


It will be an opportunity to consider Ofcom’s recently published Diversity and Equal Opportunities in TV report, which highlighted a lack of representation and diversity monitoring in the sector, as well as the BBC’s new operating licence, which sets out diversity requirements.


Delegates will discuss latest thinking on how to address key structural barriers to entry and progression in the sector, taking into account education and careers guidance, skills development, recruitment and employment practices, and workplace culture.


Following the Government’s recently published Race Disparity Audit which has highlighted inequalities in schools and workplaces, they will also assess how bodies within and outside the sector might collaborate more effectively to establish common standards, targets and monitoring processes - as well as further options for policy and regulation.



Guests of Honour

Sharon White

Chief Executive Officer, Ofcom

Malcolm Sinclair

President, Equity

Tunde Ogungbesan

Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Succession, BBC

Guests of Honour

Sharon White

Chief Executive Officer, Ofcom

Malcolm Sinclair

President, Equity

Tunde Ogungbesan

Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Succession, BBC

Chair

Tracy Brabin MP

Speakers

Russell Feldman

Director of Digital, Media, and Technology, You Gov

Jennifer Smith

Head of Diversity, BFI

Andy Pryor

Casting Director and Chair, Casting Directors’ Guild of the UK & Ireland

Simone Pennant

Founder and Director, TV Collective

Bob Clarke

Chief Executive Officer, MAMA Youth Project

Stephen Frost

Principal, Frost Included

Anjani Patel

Head of Diversity, Pact

David Mumeni

Actor; Writer and Director and Founder, Open Door

Kate Kinninmont

Chief Executive, Women in Film & Television

Neil Hatton

Chief Executive, UK Screen Alliance

Jeffrey Lee

Chief Marketing Officer, Userfarm