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ITV announces Fresh Cuts filmmakers for Black History Month 2022

After more than a hundred submissions, ITV has revealed the five producer/directors who have been commissioned to create films as part of the Black History Month 2022 Fresh Cuts strand. ITV opened submissions for the Fresh Cuts strand, which gives rising Black filmmakers the opportunity to get their first ITV commission, in March 2022 with […]

June 27, 2022

Sky partnership with BEO

Sky has announced a £1 million partnership with newly launched civil rights group, the Black Equity Organisation (BEO), to deliver the Future 100 Growth Fund, backing Black British entrepreneurs to launch and grow their businesses. As BEO’s first official programme partner, Sky will provide funding and support over three years to help overcome the significant […]

June 20, 2022

Study: Demand for diversity content in US

As the US celebrates Juneteenth for the second time as a national holiday, it’s an opportunity for corporate America to think about ways in which they can make meaningful contributions to closing racial divides and equity gaps that exist for Black Americans, notes Horowitz Research. Over the past couple of years, there’s been a growing […]

June 17, 2022

Survey: 77% say films changed their view on cultural issues

With the Cannes Film Festival in full swing, research from Mastercard, official partner of the festival, reveals that two in five Brits (42 per cent) say movies have changed the way they see the world. The power of the cinematic voice has proved evident as the survey reveals that almost four in five people in […]

May 25, 2022By Nik Roseveare

Warner Bros Discovery, Media Trust launch Black Britain Unspoken

Warner Bros Discovery and Media Trust have announced a new initiative Black Britain Unspoken ahead of Black History Month UK 2022. Black Britain Unspoken aims to give opportunity and voice to Black filmmakers who are entering the media sector, as industry data continues to demonstrate that Black people remain particularly underrepresented across director, writer and […]

May 9, 2022

Channel 4 commissions Troy Deeney – Where’s My History?

Birmingham City FC Captain Troy Deeney’s high profile campaign to make the teaching of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic histories and experiences mandatory in the school curriculum will be featured in a new sixty-minute documentary to be aired next month on Channel 4 and produced by SBX Studios. Frustrated by the lack of diversity taught […]

April 8, 2022

Apple’s Makur Maker docuseries debuts April 22

Apple TV+ has announced that its new five-part documentary series The Long Game: Bigger Than Basketball, chronicling the inspiring, coming-of-age story of basketball phenom Makur Maker, will make its global debut on April 22nd on Apple TV+. Seth Gordon and executive produces the series which follows Maker, the NBA hopeful who grabbed global headlines with […]

April 1, 2022

Black News Channel to close

Black News Channel (BNC) is to cease operations two years after launch. The network president Princell Hair revealed the closure in an internal memo reported by nexttv. The channel, which launched just as the Covid-19 pandemic hit, has now filed for bankruptcy, laying off some 230 staff. The network will run recorded segments through the […]

March 28, 2022

C4, Motion Content launch ethnic prodco fund

Channel 4 and Motion Content Group have launched a multi-million pound fund to boost commissions from small and medium sized ethnically diverse-led production companies. The Channel 4 and Motion Content Group Diverse Indies Fund will be editorially overseen by Channel 4 Senior Commissioning Editor Vivienne Molokwu (picturd). For Motion Content Group (part of GroupM, WPP’s […]

March 18, 2022

ITV £80m Diversity Commissioning Fund

ITV has announced plans to reserve £80 million (€72.1m) of its content commissioning budget over the next three years to drive change towards racial equity and disability equity. Of this amount, at least £20 million will be reserved for content made by Black, Asian and minority ethnic-led and disabled-led production companies. ITV has also created […]

March 17, 2022