Current event: How can we build diversity in the creative industries?

The issue of diversity and the lack of progress made in key creative sectors including TV, Film, the Arts, music, publishing, and advertising industries, has been much in the news over recent months. This includes a range of prominent artist and performers coming forward to vent their frustration about what they see as the slow pace of change.

A key element has been the underrepresentation of BME, women and people with disabilities in all parts of the industry. Indeed in some areas things seem to be getting worse rather than better.

A number of reports have been published (for example the latest one is on TV, produced by Directors UK: UK Television: Adjusting the Colour Balance) that outline the challenges. Other publications have explored how things have gone wrong and how improvements and progress can be made. These include important initiatives from key representative and regulatory organisations such as Ofcom, the BFI and the Arts Council. Other organisations, including for example the BBC, Sky, Channel 4 and ITV have recently set out ambitious diversity action plans, and agencies such as the Creative Diversity Network and PACT have worked hard in recent years to improve the situation.

We have arranged for a short focussed and stimulating event that looks at diversity in the creative industries, in terms of barriers and challenges faced by the sector, how these are being addressed along with exploring possible solutions.

Event: 21st January 2016: 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Location: 8-9 Frith Street, Soho, London W1D 3JB

Speakers include:

Sir Peter Bazalgette: Chairman of the Arts Council
Amanda Neville: CEO, BFI
Tony Close: Director of Content Standards, Licensing and Enforcement, Ofcom
Lord Holmes of Richmond: Disability Commissioner, EHRC
Rioch Edwards – Brown: Founder: So You Wanna to be in TV?
Carl Arrindell: Broadcaster
Other speakers/panellists: to be announced

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We aim for our audience to leave this interactive session inspired and with practical ideas of how they can best address this issue in their companies and work places.

I very much hope to see you there on 21st January.

Colin Hann

Please book above or contact Melissa Matheson and provide your name, job title and organisation to events@smab.co.uk or 0203 206 2709 to confirm your attendance.

This seminar will be held at: Simons Muirhead & Burton (SM&B), 8-9 Frith Street, London, W1D 3JB.

Frith Street Consulting is part of Simons Muirhead & Burton.

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