Sophie Okonedo and Adrian Lester from the BBC’s Undercover

Sophie Okonedo and Adrian Lester in the BBC’s Undercover

This week we are launching our Frankly Speaking series – a collaborative forum, which will address some of the most topical issues, trends and developments in the creative industries.

The inaugural Frankly Speaking session will be a roundtable on the topic of diversity and will take place this Thursday in association with our partners MeWe – a charitable organisation focused on providing funding, mentoring, networking opportunities and central London hub space for creatives and entrepreneurs from BAME communities.

The topic of diversity has rocked the media industry over the past two years. With Lenny Henry launching his lobbying campaign at Ed Vaizey to back TV diversity and change the law on ethnic minority workers, and the #OscarsSoWhite boycott, there has been lots of buzz and backlash about the lack of BAME representation on and off screen. There have also been on-going discussions amongst the Public Service Broadcasters and TV networks about targets, quotas and promises, in an attempt to tackle the lack of diversity head on.

Our roundtable will take the temperature of the state of the nation, as we discuss the diversity deficit affecting the UK’s talent and production output.

We will hear from an esteemed cohort of talent and execs including:

  • Isaac Densu, Chief Creative Officer at SBTV
  • Derren Lawford, Creative Director at Woodcut Media
  • Minnie Crowe, Actress and COO at the TriForce Network
  • Fraser Ayres, Actor, Managing Director and Co-Founder of the TriForce Network
  • Femi Oyeniran, Actor and Creative Director at Purple Geko
  • Dawn Beresford, Board Member of Creative Access, Talent Executive at Arrow Media and CPL Productions

We also have the brilliant Tara Conlan who writes for the Media Guardian, Observer and RTS attending to moderate the discussion.

Stay tuned for more info! #diversity

By Shereene Witter, Account Director at Franklin Rae