Champions of Diversity: Franklin Rae support the Diversify TV Excellence Awards at MIPCOM

Champions of Diversity: Franklin Rae support the Diversify TV Excellence Awards at MIPCOM

At Franklin Rae, we’re passionate about championing and promoting diversity in all forms across the international TV industry. The issue is very close to our hearts. And we’re thrilled to be official partners for the inaugural Diversify TV Excellence Awards at MIPCOM in Cannes this October.

Created by Diversify TV, a pressure group co-founded by Scorpion TV Managing Director, David Cornwall; All3Media International’s Nick Smith; Little Black Book CEO, Bunmi Akintonwa; and Reed MIDEM’s Liliane Da Cruz; the Diversify TV Awards aim to recognise productions that celebrate diversity, equality and inclusion on the small screen.

And who better than Sir Lenny Henry to lend his support. An instrumental voice in raising awareness around the lack of diverse representation on and off screen. He has long been at the forefront of campaigns to make British broadcasters address issues of diversity, and this year Sir Lenny Henry will deliver a keynote address at MIPCOM to coincide with the inaugural awards.

Categories for Diversify TV Awards include scripted and non-scripted content: representation for race and ethnicity, representation of LBGTQ and representation of disability. With entries officially open to producers and production companies across the international TV industry, we’re urging others to take part! The deadline for entries is Friday 6 October at midnight BST and there’s more information available here.

With the launch announcement covered in Worldscreen and Video Age International we’re proud to be associated with Diversify TV Excellence Awards and such a powerful initiative.

See you at MIPCOM!

MIPCOM 2016 – A Bientot Cannes!

MIPCOM 2016 – A Bientot Cannes!

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No idea why Doc Brown’s De Lorean was on the Croisette – but was hugely excited by its appearance. Yes that is a real Flux Capacitor.

Franklin Rae has recently returned from MIPCOM, the international market for TV programmes held in sunny Cannes, and what a great market it was.  Arigatou Gozaimasu (Thank You Very Much) to  Japan which held the position of Country of Honour, they piqued our interest and opened our eyes to the array of content and formats it produces. In general though the market was balanced, it seemed to be more international and less dominated by the big US or UK producers and distributors – just as an international market should be.

MIP Junior had a record attendance of 1600, there was a greater focus on original factual content for kids, than there has been in previous years – that’s not to say it dominated, animations still lead,  but it was good to see it acknowledged.  The challenge for the kids industry is that the audience are all digital natives, so reaching them safely across all digital platforms is critical – an issue recognised by Sony who announced their investment into pre-school SVOD platform Hopster, which is already in 100 countries including the US.

Recent MIPs have been led by Drama, from big, sumptuous dramas like Kosem and Versailles, to high quality gritty co-productions like The Last Panthers. This year, with a couple of notable exceptions like Taboo distributed Sonar, saw a return to formats. I can’t say I’m able to spot the next global success but survival with a twist is still popular with Families Gone Wild from Naked Ent, and Welcome to the Wild from Keshet standing out. There were a couple of formats which focused on conflict resolution through eye contact – is it the new hot thing? I’m not convinced a staring contest is the answer but

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Marty McFly’s driving permit. Really.

time will tell.

As always, the market was fast, frantic and fun. We made new friends and caught up with old ones – and saw the future of programming. A bientot Cannes.

By Sophie Naylor, Managing Director at Franklin Rae.

#makegood? If anyone can… ADCAN can

#makegood? If anyone can… ADCAN can

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Last week saw the great and good of the creative industry converge at The Mill for the the third installment of the ADCAN Awards – an annual competition, which champions unsigned creative talent by giving them access to industry leaders, and provides charities and social enterprises with original content to help promote their cause.

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Unlike other awards ceremonies, should the camera have cut to the nominees as the Grand Prix was announced, hoping to catch flashes of disappointment across the faces of those not taking the top prize, it would be rather missing the point and would probably not be the case, for the ADCAN Awards is all about supporting and nurturing young talent all in the name of incredible causes, as the Hashtag (which on the night was trending on Twitter) states #makegood.

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Founded by creative and production veterans, Brydon Gerus, Dan Heighes and Deborah Casswell to provide a platform for new talent they felt was missing in the industry. Leading production companies Rattling Stick, Partizan and Nexus, not only judged the work but continued to champion talent with industry speed dating sessions and workshops.

The filmmakers were given four briefs, provided by four incredible causes to choose from. To give the evening extra significance representatives from the charities introduced the films made for their cause. Hearing Nordoff Robbins, Streetbank, The Girlhood and CALM talk was not only inspiring but made the work of the filmmakers all the more impressive. Each of the shortlisted films had managed to get to the heart of the charity’s work and I for one am not ashamed to admit that my eyes failed to remain dry throughout the screenings.

It was laughter however that won on the night for Klaas Diersmann and his film (T)HUGS for CALM, The Campaign Against Living Miserably – a charity which aims to challenge perceptions of masculinity in light of the growing number of male suicides. Capturing the need for young men to feel comfortable to talk about their problems and doing so in an accessible way won Klass the Grand Prix for best film and the biggest laugh in the room on the night.

Klass also won the innaugral Peoples Choice Award. Designed to allow supporters of the ADCAN Awards to have their say, guests on the night were encouraged to cast their votes and as a result discussion continued into the night on which film was deserving of this new award, meaning the work remained very much centre of attention, how very ADCAN!

2016 ADCAN Awards Winners

Our involvement with ADCAN from its inception meant there was a lot of pride in the advances the event has made, we work with some of the very best talent in industry and so it feels very natural to help play a part in ushering in the next generation.

There was a barnstorming finish to the evening as Chaka Sobhani, CCO of ad agency Leo Burnett gave a keynote address, telling all of the assembled talent that above all else, just go out and ‘make things’. The ADCAN Awards are doing just that as they continue to #makegood.

Check out the 2016 winners’ videos here https://adcanawards.com/winners.

By Mike Goward, Account Executive at Franklin Rae

Screen Nation Awards

Saturday night saw a raft of singers, actors, comedians, presenters, producers, directors and journalists come together under one roof for the 2016 Screen Nation Awards, to celebrate the fantastic BAME talent in our industry.

IMG_0071Following the recent #Oscarssowhite debate and the on-going conversation surrounding diversity in the industry, I had a feeling that diversity was going to be a hot topic throughout the night. As it happened Star Wars star, John Boyega made a fantastic speech after he claimed the ‘Best Male Performance in Film’ award. The actor made a few observations around the lack of roles for ethnically diverse actors on screen and said “to complain about what is going on is not going to benefit us, be the change you want to be”. He then went on to say “be the change and continue and focus.” His wise words (which went on to receive quite a bit of backlash in the press) were then followed by an emotional tribute to his manager Femi Oguns who has changed his life. The budding actor has gone from sitting in his house in Peckham to becoming a Stormtrooper! How amazing is that? So it was a beautiful moment in which everyone in the room stood to applause the Star Wars star.

It was also great to see Malachi Kirby, the actor who plays Kunta Kinte in the remake of Roots win the ‘Young Rising Star’ award. I was also rooting for Idris Elba to win an award for Mandela, My Dad & Me, which we helped to launch, but he and his team of producers won the ‘Favourite International Movie’ award instead for Beasts of No Nation, one of the best films I’ve seen for a long IMG_0074time to be honest.

Oris Erhuero picked up two awards on the night and made yet another emotional speech after collecting his award for ‘Favourite Male on Screen Personality’ for his latest film The Cursed Ones. He too touched on his life story of being born in London, then moving to New York to focus on his career. Determination at its finest. It was also great to see BBC doc, Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners receive the recognition it deserves and win the ‘Diversity in Factual Production’ award. It definitely is a must watch.

Overall it was an inspiring event, not just for the great BAME talent who are doing great things on and off screen, but also the next generation of young talent who are looking to follow suit and break in to the industry. There is so much more to be done when it comes to celebrating BAME talent on and off screen, and more importantly encouraging them to flourish and providing more opportunities to do so. But we must give Screen Nation the credit they are due for shining a light on some of the best talent in the industry.

“Screen Nation Awards” – Jonny Yapi, Junior Account Executive at Franklin Rae

Franklin Rae attends ADCAN Awards 2015

Franklin Rae attends ADCAN Awards 2015

The Franklin Rae team attended this years second instalment of the ADCAN Awards, hosted at the Mill. The not-for-profit creative platform is targeted at inspiring emerging filmmakers and young talent.

Going off without a hitch the event featured talks from industry professionals Smith & Foulkes and Dave Buonaguidi as well as speeches from each of the charities involved! Participating charities included Engineers Without Borders, Superact, the Rucksack Project and Live Life Give Life, who were all incredibly pleased with the outcome of the films – shortlisters were each given a moment to shine when their 30-second films were debuted for the very first time. Whats more, the participating charities will be able to use the winning films to further promote awareness for their causes. 

Last years winners who are both now employed by OPartizan made a guest appearance and spread good word of the many successes to come from the ADCAN platfrom.

And to top it all off, ADCAN Awards founders Brydon Gerus and Dan Heighs were also presented with a Points Of Light Award by Prime Minister David Cameron for their genius idea in inspiring youth and future industry professionals. 

Go Team #ADCAN! 

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 “Franklin Rae attends ADCAN Awards 2015” – Lauren Harvey, Team Assistant at Franklin Rae 

Awards Season

Awards Season

Every year, since I was about nine or ten I have anticipated ‘ Awards Season ’ like a kid before Christmas; the Golden Globes, SAGs, BAFTAs, all culminating in the glorious main event – the Academy Awards.

When I was younger it used to be about the glitzy gowns and which Billy Crystal gags got Jack Nicholson chuckling behind his Ray-bans. Broadcast at around 9pm on a Monday night in New Zealand, it was a hard sell to a) be permitted to stay up on a school night to watch them and b) get my dad to give up precious international football watching time after a day at the office (jeez Dad, don’t you know that this is my FA Cup Final equivalent?). Imagine my joy when E! started live broadcasting from the red carpet – especially in those university years when one had five hours to sit in front of the box, one eye on the telly, one eye on perezhilton.com for the inside scoop (pre-twitter, pre-Celebrity Big Brother).

It wasn’t long before my obsession with the cinema meant that fawning over the glamour gave way to being in awe of the artistry – it became more about the talent being exhibited on the 35mm than the £35m diamond necklace on loan from Cartier.

It’s always a scramble to see the contenders on the big screen in order to make my picks ahead of the big day, and this year is proving no different. Seeing Birdman and The Theory of Everything in the space of five days was pure cinematic heaven. The tabloids are calling this year’s awards ‘the battle of the Brits’ (points for originality), with public school boys Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne going head to head for the coveted prize of Best Actor. However, the Academy sure likes a comeback kid (note 2014’s McConnaisance), so could Michael Keaton be set to upset UK hopes? Will Richard Linklater’s long-sightedness triumph Alejandro González Iñárritu’s risk taking? One thing’s for certain, I’ll be tuning in with baited breath, one eye on the telly, one eye on my twitter feed (Perez is so 2003).

Goggle Box but with Questions!

Quiz Nights is the brand-new entertaining reality series from Firecracker Films, makers of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, airing on Sky1 on 6 February at 10pm. The series (8x60min) follows a cross- section of Pub Quiz teams from across the country deliberating, squabbling, and laughing as they search for right and wrong answers. Following each team in a different Pub across the country, this fly on the wall production observes teams answering identical brain-bending questions at the same time to win the much coveted Golden Tankard, and be crowned the Quiz Nights champion.


“Awards Season” by Safia van der Zwan – Senior Account Executive at Franklin Rae.