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New project aims to improve diversity in the film and TV industry in Wales

A charity which promotes equality across Wales is working with the Welsh Government to deliver a pioneering research project to explore the barriers that may prevent people from diverse backgrounds becoming involved in the film and TV industry in Wales. Diverse Cymru has been commissioned to work with professionals in the creative industries to look at this issue through the “Diversity in Film and TV” project.

Michael Flynn, Director of Influencing and Partnership at Diverse Cymru said,

“We are delighted to undertake this research on behalf of the Welsh Government’s Creative Industries Sector Team. There is evidence of a lack of diversity across gender, disability, sexuality, age and socio-economic backgrounds in the film and TV sector in Wales. This means that a wide range of people, who have a wealth of expertise, skills and experience, could be missing out on careers in the sector. Film and TV should have a workforce that represents the communities in which it operates and also reflects the different people who might enjoy the productions it makes or the entertainment it offers.

We want to ensure that the talent and crew currently working in Wales represent the true diversity of Wales. The research will explore positive solutions to ensure that anyone with drive and talent has a fair chance to work successfully within this growing industry”.

Using a range of research methods and engagement events, the project will identify people from diverse backgrounds with skills relevant to the creative sector and also promote upcoming film and TV opportunities to them. Working with film and TV companies, it will develop practical and affordable solutions aimed at diversifying their workforce – for example by identifying funding support for training and placement opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds.

The pilot “Diversity in Film and TV” project will run until June 2016 and has been welcomed by a wide range of organisations including BBC Wales, ITV, Ffilm Cymru and production companies such as Fiction Factory.