│ Diversity & Inclusion at MIPCOM │

The MIPCOM Diversity and Inclusion programme features industry experts and major talent who are speaking out to not only create more opportunities for diverse talent, but to demonstrate the positive impact of diversity across the global media landscape.

In its fourth year, the programme includes high-level networking events and the 4th edition of the MIPCOM DIVERSIFY TV EXCELLENCE AWARDS, dedicated to championing and promoting diverse and inclusive content and recognizing positive programming across the year that embraces excellent representation in exemplary shows.


The call for entries is now closed. Stay tuned for the finalists announcement. 

| MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards

MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards aim to bring attention to deserving programmes of diverse and inclusive background, spotlighting authentic new and established voices and recognizing positive programming across the year that impacts and inspires audiences around the globe. 7 categories are represented:

The call for entries is now closed. Stay tuned for the finalists announcement. 

| Representation of Race and Ethnicity – Scripted
| Representation of Race and Ethnicity - Non-Scripted
Representation of LGBTQ+ - Scripted
| Representation of LGBTQ+ - Non-Scripted
Representation of Disability – Scripted
| Representation of Disability - Non-Scripted
Representation of Diversity in Kids Programming


Discover the winners of last year remarkable edition.
2019 winners 〉

Key Dates

End of September 2020

Finalists announcement

13 October 2020

Awards ceremony in Cannes
* also available in catch-up on MIPCOM Online+

Awarded projects will be chosen by the following charitable organizations and specialized publications that campaign for equality and inclusion:

│ Jury Members - MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards

All programmes submitted to the competition will be short-listed by members of the MIP Markets’ Diversity Advisory Board, comprised of leading professionals committed to diversity and inclusion in the global media landscape. MIPCOM thanks them all for their ongoing support and guidance to this programme.
From left to right: 

| Bunmi Akintonwa, CEO, Little Black Book Company Int.

| Sahar Baghery, Head of Business Development, Amazon Prime Video

| David Cornwall, Managing Director, Scorpion Television

| Sallyann Keizer, Managing Director, Sixth Sense Media

| David Levine, Global Content Strategist

| Nick Smith, EVP Formats, All3Media International

| Mark Garner, EVP Global Content Sales & Business Development, A+E Networks

Additional Jury Members, from left to right:

| Mounia Aram, CEO, Mounia Aram Company
| Kay Benbow, Children’s Media Specialist
| Bruna Capozzoli, Advisor & Content Creator
| Patrick Connolly, SVP, Programming and Marketing, AMC Networks International 
| Wincie Knight, Senior Director, Global Inclusion Strategies, ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI), EMEA
| Cédric Petitpas, YouTube Family & Learning Content Partnerships, Northern Europe Google UK
| Sam Renke, Actress, Presenter, Speaker, Writer and Disability Rights Campaigner
| Shabnam Rezaei, Co-Founder & President, Big Bad Boo Studios
| Deborah Williams, CEO, The Creative Diversity Network (CDN)
| Nacer Zorgani, Media Independent Advisor & Writer

│ 2019 Diversify TV Excellence Awards

Discover the winners for each category of the 2019 edition.
Championing and promoting diversity and inclusion in all forms across the international television industry. 

│Race and Ethnicity



│Kids Programming

│ Race and Ethnicity – 2019 winners




Distribution: Trace Content Distribution

Original Broadcaster: Africa Magic

Country: Nigeria

│Breaking the Taboo

Non Scripted

Production: Globosat Programadora / Spray Filmes

Distribution: Globosat Programadora

Original Broadcaster: Globosat Programadora

Country: Brasil

│ LGBTQ+ - 2019 winners



Production: Big Beach & Chingona Productions in assoc. with STARZ Originals

Distribution: Lionsgate Television

Original Broadcaster: STARZ

Country: USA


Non Scripted

Production: Medalia Productions

Distribution: MetFilm Sales - International Sales Agent

Original Broadcaster: YesDocu (DBS)

Country: Israel

│ Disability – 2019 winners



Production: Roughcut TV

Distribution: BBC

Original Broadcaster: BBC 3

Country: UK

│If There’s Room for Two

Non Scripted

Production: TVE, Onza Entertainment, Fisherman Media

Distribution: TVE

Original Broadcaster: TVE

Country: Spain

│ Kids Programming - 2019 winners

│The Bravest Knight


Production: Big Bad Boo Studios

Distribution: Big Bad Boo Studios

Original Broadcaster: Hulu

Country: USA


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12-15 October 2020

│ Testimonials

I am thrilled to be part of this new edition of the MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards. Diverse voices from diverse backgrounds not only make innovative storytelling and bring entertainment closer to viewers, but they also give bigger opportunities for creative ideas to be shared, and creative teams to be discovered. Building this program and watching it grow is extremely exciting, I can’t wait to see this year’s great selection… and winners!

Sahar Baghery 
Head of Business Development
Amazon Prime Video

Not only is inclusion the right thing to do, it makes good business sense, since diverse companies perform better and diverse content can appeal to border and wider audiences. One only need look the success of ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Captain Marvel’ to recognize this. Diversity and globally inclusive viewpoints should be the norm and the baseline expectation in the kid’s content industry – and programming needs to keep up with this evolution in order to be relevant to today’s parents and kids.

David Levine
VP Kids Programming, Europe & Africa / UK & Ireland
Executive Sponsor, Pride UK & Ireland
The Walt Disney Company Limited

Diversity is no longer about portraying “the other” but rather simply about representation and inclusion. Media needs properly to reflect the colourful world around us and the Mipcom Diversify TV Excellence Awards shines a light on projects that have done this.

Shabnam Rezaei 
Big Bad Boo Studios

The world is so interesting because is diversified. Educating the audience to appreciate how diversity can enrich our life is vital. This is even more crucial now, in times when some people feel more and more legitimate to express intolerance and violence. The media are powerful and have a responsibility to encourage diversity, promote pluralism and allow the people to know what is different from them. I feel honoured to participate MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Award and look forward to discovering those amazing stories and people that make our world so beautifully plural.

Francesco Tocci 
Head of Format and Documentary Unit
Nonpanic Banijay

First day was originally commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Screen Australia as a standalone TV episode to celebrate the 2017 International Day of the Girl. The show has resonated with audiences around the world, and after winning the MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Award for outstanding children’s programming, and the Gender Equity Prize at Prix Jeunesse, has been commissioned as a four episode series, going into production in July 2019. We’re excited to continue working with the amazing Evie Macdonald, who in our original episode was the first trans actor to play a lead role on Australian Television.

Kirsty Stark
Epic Films
Article seen on KIDSCREEN 〉

│ Diversity and Inclusion - Founding Partner