Six years ago I wrote a piece titled All White At The Top, asking why the UK film industry was painfully bereft of Black, Asian and minority ethnic executives. I drew up a list of more than 75 leading companies in production, sales, exhibition, distribution, post-production, public and private finance, VFX, talent agencies and physical studios. None of the companies were led by professionals from an ethnic minority and few had ethnic diversity in their most senior ranks. Among the reasons for imbalance were class, nepotism, access, lack of regulation, complacency, stigma, stereotyping, unconscious bias and public funding ‘jobs for life’. The piece was written during a wave of industry soul-searching, whose cultural breakthrough was expressed globally by the #OscarsSoWhite anger that surfaced in the same year. The outrage led to reforms on both sides of the pond. Related Story ‘Shaun The Sheep’ China Deal; BFI Black Cinema Event; ‘Guilt’ Re-Commission; Edinburgh TV Fest Additions – Global Briefs Six years on, a survey of the industry’s leading film and TV firms today reveals a disappointingly familiar picture. As a sector, there have been some notable gains in that time, especially in terms of on-screen representation and from Black and Asian-heritage… Read full this story
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