│ 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 opportunities and the 4th edition of the MIPCOM DIVERSIFY TV EXCELLENCE AWARDS. Under the umbrella of this year’s ‘Change For Good’ programme, the awards are dedicated to championing and promoting diversity and inclusion in all its forms across the international television industry.
 

Discover the finalists 〉

| MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards - Finalists

The 4th annual MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards will be held on Tuesday 13 October from 18.00 to 19.30, in Paris and will be live streamed worldwide on MIPCOM Online+.  7 categories are represented:

│Race and Ethnicity

│LGBTQ+

│Disability

│Kids Programming

│ Race and Ethnicity

Scripted

| Twenties

  • Production company: BET
  • Distributor: ViacomCBS International Studios    
  • Original Broadcaster: BET
  • Country: USA
  • Short Synopsis: Twenties, centers around screenwriter, Hattie and friends Marie and Nia as they pursue their dreams in L.A. After finding herself homeless and down on her luck, Hattie is introduced to Ida, a writer and producer who finds a soft spot for Hattie, offering her a job as a writer’s assistant.

    Watch the trailer 〉

| Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

  • Production company: Desert Wolf Productions, Aguilar Entertainment, Neal Street Productions
  • Distributor: ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group
  • Original Broadcaster: SHOWTIME
  • Country: USA   
  • Short Synopsis: Tiago Vega, LAPD’s first Mexican-American detective and his partner, Lewis Michener, investigate a murder. While at City Hall, Tiago’s brother, Raul Vega, battles with Councilman Charlton Townsend over the construction of California’s first freeway. Meanwhile, Peter Craft, head of German-American Bun, meets Elsa, the mother of one of his patients. 

    Watch the trailer 〉

| Total Control

  • Production company: Blackfella Films
  • Distributor: Keshet International
  • Original Broadcaster: Australian Broadcast Corporation
  • Country: Australia          
  • Short Synopsis: A horrific event thrusts Alex Irving (Deborah Mailman), a charismatic Indigenous woman, into the national limelight and Prime Minister Rachel Anderson (Rachel Griffiths) sees her as a publicity goldmine for her party. When Rachel's cynical calculations betray her, Alex sets out for revenge that sends the political establishment into meltdown.

    Watch the trailer 〉

Non Scripted

| Marry Me, Marry My Family

  • Production company: CJZ            
  • Distributor: TCB               
  • Original Broadcaster: SBS
  • Country: Australia          
  • Short Synopsis: Following six couples from different backgrounds, Marry Me, Marry My Family explores the pressures of navigating family, religion and tradition when planning for a wedding.

    Watch the trailer 〉

| The School That Tried To End Racism

  • Production company: Proper Content   
  • Distributor: Banijay Rights          
  • Original Broadcaster: Channel 4               
  • Country: United Kingdom           
  • Short Synopsis: Can racism be stopped at a young age? Based on a pioneering American scheme and led by leading multicultural education academics and scientists, 11-12 year old pupils take part in games, exercises and activities, both in and out of the classroom, that challenge everything they thought they knew about race.

    Watch the trailer 〉

| VICE News Tonight

  • Production company: VICE News
  • Distributor: VICE Media Group
  • Original Broadcaster: VICE TV
  • Country: USA
  • Short Synopsis: This episode of VICE News Tonight exemplifies the vision of the show and its dedication to diversity. It was a day that saw a Supreme Court side with young undocumented immigrants, a flash of positivity in the shadows of COVID-19, and the fight for justice for Black Americans.

    Watch the trailer 〉

│ LGBTQ+

Scripted

| Veneno

  • Production company: Atresmedia Studios + Suma Latina
  • Distributor: Atresmedia
  • Original Broadcaster: Atresmedia
  • Country: Spain 
  • Short Synopsis: Veneno tells, through a relentless heroine, the story of Spain's LGBT rights. From the 1960s to today. A woman who brought transsexuals out of marginalization and into the spotlight, bringing them into our living room through television.

    Watch the trailer 〉

| Work In Progress

  • Production company: SHOWTIME Networks, Circle of Confusion, Jax Media
  • Distributor: ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group
  • Original Broadcaster: SHOWTIME
  • Country: USA   
  • Short Synopsis: Abby begins an existential life evaluation vowing mortal consequences after 180 days. Her therapist checks out mid-session and a first date turns into a confrontation with the woman responsible for ‘ruining her life’: SNL’s Julia Sweeney.

    Watch the trailer 〉

| Feel Good

  • Production company: Objective Fiction and Objective Media Group Scotland
  • Distributor: all3media International
  • Original Broadcaster: Channel 4 and Netflix
  • Country: UK      
  • Short Synopsis: We're addicted to Feel Good. The series follows recovering addict and comedian Mae, who is trying to control the addictive behaviours and intense romanticism that permeate every facet of her life.

    Watch the trailer 〉

Non Scripted

| La Memoria Homosexual - Queer Memory

  • Production company: MEDINA MEDIA
  • Distributor: MEDINA MEDIA
  • Original Broadcaster: CANAL SUR - RTVA
  • Country: Spain
  • Short Synopsis: This documentary, produced in 4K, tells the story of the path taken over the last 50 years in the fight for sexual freedom and the rights of homosexuals in Spain. In that black and white Spain, where loving differently was a crime.

    Watch the trailer 〉

| Jake and Charice

  • Production company: Documentary Japan, NHK, NHK Enterprises, ABS-CBN
  • Distributor: N/A
  • Original Broadcaster: NHK
  • Country: Japan, Philippines
  • Short Synopsis: Once a world-renowned Filipina singer with a Billboard Top 10 album, Charice gave up her "miracle voice" to become Jake, a transgender man. The program follows Jake as he relaunches his career, struggles to make peace with his family, and seeks his true voice

    Watch the trailer 〉

| Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2020

  • Production company: Blink TV Production
  • Distributor: N/A
  • Original Broadcaster: Special Broadcasting Service Australia (SBS)
  • Country: Australia
  • Short Synopsis: The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2020 was broadcast live for the first time on SBS, with international audiences joining via streaming platforms. Hosts Joel Creasey, Narelda Jacobs, Zoë Coombs Marr and Courtney Act interviewed special guests and celebrated the incredible diversity, strength and unity of the LGBTQIA+ community.

    Watch the trailer 〉

│ Disability

Scripted

| The Accident

  • Production company: The Forge
  • Distributor: all3media International
  • Original Broadcaster: Channel 4
  • Country: UK      
  • Short Synopsis: Blood on whose hands? In a community that has been left behind, a large construction project offers hope for a better future. But that future disappears when a local politician’s rebellious daughter leads a gang of friends onto the site.

    Watch the trailer 〉

| The A Word

  • Production company: Keshet Productions, Fifty Fathoms Production
  • Distributor: Keshet International
  • Original Broadcaster: BBC One
  • Country: UK      
  • Short Synopsis: Two years on and things have changed for our A Word family. Joe is 10 and living in two places at once, processing the seismic change in his life through the filter of his autism. Alison and Paul are divorced and live 100 miles apart. Nicola has moved to London.

    Watch the trailer 〉

| Mental

  • Production company: Black Sheep Films
  • Distributor: Magnify Media
  • Original Broadcaster: France Televisions Slash  
  • Country: France
  • Short Synopsis: Welcome to the “Primevères” teen psychiatric institute. Marvin (17) is more accustomed to being held in police custody than experiencing medical exams when he’s committed. With the help of Mélodie, Simon and Estelle, the gang will shake up the clinic’s routine. Their friendship will help them heal better than any pills.

Non Scripted

| The Loop

  • Production company: Tallstoreez Productionz Pty Ltd    
  • Distributor: Change Media
  • Original Broadcaster: SBS Special Broadcasting Service Australia
  • Country: Australia          
  • Short Synopsis: The Loop is an absurd journey into disability, authorship and representation. Two directors, one living with Down Syndrome, explore representations of normality by creating a hybrid documentary following the process of making their own soap opera. Heartfelt, hilarious and always unexpected, The Loop is a soap opera like no other.

    Watch the trailer 〉

| Auténticos

  • Production company: Buendia Estudios
  • Distributor: Talpa (ITV)
  • Original Broadcaster: La Sexta (Atresmedia)
  • Country: Spain
  • Short Synopsis: Auténticos, tells stories of people with intellectual disabilities who are an example for everyone: with their effort and perseverance, they manage to fulfill their dream at the hands of Alberto Chicote. A show full of emotion, that manages, to promote diversity by making extraordinary people visible.

    Watch the trailer 〉

| Employable Me Canada

  • Production company: Thomas Howe Associates Inc.
  • Distributor: all3media International
  • Original Broadcaster: Accessible Media Inc. (AMI), TV0 (TV Ontario)
  • Country: Canada             
  • Short Synopsis: Meet some of Canada's most extraordinary job seekers. The moving documentary series features Canadian job seekers who are determined to show that having a physical disability or neurological condition doesn't make them unemployable.

    Watch the trailer 〉

│ Kids Programming

| Pablo

  • Production company: Paper Owl Films
  • Distributor: CAKE
  • Original Broadcaster: CBeebies and RTÉjr
  • Country: UK      
  • Short Synopsis: Our 5 ½ year old hero, Pablo uses his magic crayons to turn his passions and challenges into fantastic adventures and his feelings into colourful characters in order to face the Real World with confidence. Pablo is on the autism spectrum.

    Watch the trailer 〉
    (Password: PabloPaper2020)

| Lockdown

  • Production company: Sinking Ship Entertainment
  • Distributor: Sinking Ship Entertainment
  • Original Broadcaster: YouTube
  • Country: Canada
  • Short Synopsis: Lockdown is the story of an interwoven friend group living in a downtown city neighborhood affected by COVID-19. Shot entirely via webcam and smartphones, this series looks at how tweens stay in touch while staying away. But it is also a look at what happens when boredom leads to suspicion.

    Watch the trailer 〉

| And Then Something Changed

  • Production company: Sticky Pictures     
  • Distributor: Australian Children's Television Foundation
  • Original Broadcaster: ABC
  • Country: Australia
  • Short Synopsis: What would it feel like to live in a world that isn’t built for you? 8 year-old Louis wakes up to what he thinks is going to be just another normal school day, but finds the world around him has become inaccessible.

    Watch the trailer 〉

| Charitable Organisations

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

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

| Sallyann Keizer, Managing Director, Sixth Sense Media

| David Levine, Global Content Strategist

| Nick Smith, EVP Formats, All3Media International

Additional Jury Members:

| 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
André Renaud, SVP Global Format Sales, BBC Studios
|
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

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|  MIPJunior is included.

The World’s Entertainment Content Market

5 October - 17 November 2020

From €250

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