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11-14 October 2021

Diversity & Inclusion at MIPCOM

The MIPCOM Diversity and Inclusion programme features industry experts and major talent who are speaking out to demonstrate the positive impact of diversity & inclusion across the global media landscape.

MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards


Celebrating their 5th anniversary this year, MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards have become a prominent fixture in the annual calendar and a highlight of MIPCOM Week, dedicated to championing and promoting diversity and inclusion in all its forms across the international television industry. The competition received 172 entries by 96 international companies from 20 countries! 

Selection to be soon announced. Stay tuned!

MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards

These game-changing Awards aim to shine a light on programmes of diverse and inclusive background, spotlighting new and established voices, from a wide range of countries and recognising programming that exemplifies authentic and positive representation of under-represented communities.

Supported by A+E Networks and Diversify TV. Featuring Variety Creative Change Award.

8 categories represented:

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 - Sponsored by All3media International 
Representation of Disability / Non-Scripted - 
Sponsored by All3media International 
NEW! Representation of Diversity in Kids Programming / Pre-school
Representation of Diversity in Kids Programming / Older Children

Discover the winners of the 2020 edition >

Key Dates

 23 July 2021

  Deadline for submissions

13 October 2021

  Ceremony open to all in Cannes

Shortlist Jury Members

All programmes submitted to the MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards 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.

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, Chief Content Officer, Moonbug Entertainment; Nick Smith, EVP Formats, All3Media International

Additional Jury Members:

Mounia Aram, CEO, Mounia Aram Company; Bruna Capozzoli, Advisor & Content Creator; Wincie Knight, Senior Director, Global Inclusion Strategies, ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI), EMEA

Shabnam Rezaei, Co-Founder & President, Big Bad Boo Studios; Deborah Williams, CEO, The Creative Diversity Network (CDN); Patrick Connolly, International Entertainment Executive

Cédric Petitpas, Head of Family Partnerships, YouTube UK & Ireland; André Renaud, SVP Global Format Sales, BBC Studios; Sam Renke, Actress, Presenter, Speaker, Writer and Disability Rights Campaigner

Tshepo Moche, Writer & Director, Marche Medi; Adam Pearson, Disability Rights Campaigner, Actor & Presenter; Bouchra Rejani, Founder & CEO, WeMake

Final Round Jury

Awarded projects will be chosen by the following charitable organisations and specialised publications that campaign for equality and inclusion. Awarded programmes will also show originality and excellence in terms of storytelling, casting and production values.


MIPCOM & MIPJunior return to Cannes



11-14 October 2021

Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France

MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards - 2020 Winners

Race and Ethnicity


Kids Programming

Race and Ethnicity - 2020 Winners


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

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 〉

LGBTQ+ - 2020 Winners


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

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 〉

Disability - 2020 Winners


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 〉

Non Scripted

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 - 2020 Winner

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 〉


MIPCOM & MIPJunior return to Cannes



11-14 October 2021

Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France

Diversity and Inclusion - 2021 Partners

Category Sponsor: Disability