Breaking the Glass Ceiling is returning for 2021!

Film London’s Equal Access Network (EAN) is proud to relaunch the Breaking the Glass Ceiling programme with the support of BECTU. Two years ago, this successful pilot programme supported 10 mid-level ethnically diverse professionals’ development into successful leaders in the Film and TV industry. This project has been made possible thanks to support from the Mayor of London.

Once again, we are looking for 10 outstanding individuals who we will coach and mentor to become future leaders and department heads within the Film and TV industry. We will build a complimentary group of participants from a range of industry backgrounds and skills who want to become inclusive leaders, develop excellent communication skills be supportive and empathetic team players, with a flexible approach and an openness to new ideas.

If you are looking to become that leader and rise to the next level, this programme is for you! You must have a keen interest in self-development and have at least 5 years’ experience in the creative industries.

Learn more about Breaking the Glass Ceiling and what the programme involves here.

Applications for Breaking the Glass Ceiling 2021 are now closed.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling launched in 2019

In 2019 we were delighted to launch 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 first programme, run by Film London’s Equal Access Network, was 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 benefitted ten outstanding mid-level professionals from BAME backgrounds committed to developing an inclusive leadership style.

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

Breaking The Glass Ceiling was 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 was paired with a new entrant mentee from Film London’s Equal Access Network to apply the skills learnt and provide guidance.

The scheme was comprised 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 included 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 2019 were:

  • 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)