We are delighted to have launched Breaking the Glass Ceiling, the leadership programme to support black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) mid-level professionals in the Film and TV industry. The programme, run by Film London’s Equal Access Network, is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery through funds awarded from People’s Postcode Trust, Sony Pictures Entertainment, BBC Films and HBO.

Designed with and led by industry Executive Coach Jill Tandy, with support from leading industry experts such as ITV Studios, Roughcut TV, All3Media and Film 4, the programme benefits ten outstanding mid-level professionals from BAME backgrounds who are committed to developing an inclusive leadership style.

OFCOMs Diversity and Equal Opportunities in TV 2019 states that only 8 per cent of minority ethnic employees are in senior management positions compared to the UK national workforce average of 12 per cent.

Breaking The Glass Ceiling is designed to not only help accelerate the career of the participants, but also provide them with the skills to support and develop others starting out in the industry, helping to retain crucial talent from entry and mid-level to senior and management roles. As well as being matched with their own leading industry mentor, each participant has been paired with a new entrant mentee from Film London’s Equal Access Network to apply the skills learnt and provide guidance.

The scheme comprises of group coaching, training and networking from top industry speakers from across Film and TV:

Waqas Ali (Head of HR, ITV Studios), Ebony Amoroso (Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Endeavor), Ash Atalla (MD, Roughcut TV), Daniel Battsek (Director of Film4), Anne Foster (Director of Diversity, Leadership and Organisational Development (EMEA), Sony Pictures Entertainment, Rose Garnett (Director, BBC Films), Caroline Goyder (Author and Speaker), Sharon Henry (MD, Sharon Henry Management), Professor Gareth Jones, Ade Rawcliffe (Head of Diversity, ITV Commissioning), Ben Roberts (Chief Executive, BFI), Jennifer Smith (Head of Inclusion, BFI), Jane Turton (CEO, All3Media), Richard Watsham (Director of Commissioning, UKTV), and Patrick Younge (Managing Director, Sugar Films) are all set to speak.

Mentors include Iain Canning (Joint MD, See-Saw Films), Nina Gold (Casting Director, Nina Gold Casting), Gaylene Gould (Creative Director), Elizabeth Karlsen (Producer, Number 9 Films), Tessa Ross (CEO, House Productions) and Krista Wegener (Executive VP Sales and Distribution, Participant).

The ten selected participants for Breaking The Glass Ceiling are:

  • Corrina Antrobus (Arts and Culture Communications Officer For Hackney Council / Founder of Bechdel Test Fest)
  • Yaw Basoah (Producer)
  • Aisha Bywaters (Casting Director)
  • Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor (Producer & Writer)
  • Kurban Kassam (Producer)
  • Gursharn Khaira (Head of Legal & Business Affairs at Altitude Film Entertainment)
  • Fiona Lamptey (Producer)
  • Bennett McGhee (Producer)
  • Kam Odedra (Writer and story Producer)
  • Lisa White (VP Commercial Finance & Business Development at STX Entertainment)