Creative Diversity

At the heart of Channel 4 is our proven commitment to increasing inclusion and diversity (I&D) within the media industry.
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Representing unheard voices is in our DNA and remains key to our Future4 strategy. 

The Creative Diversity team sit at the heart of Commissioning and work across all genres and platforms.

We deliver increased representation on screen and behind the camera, encourage greater inclusion, and ensure that portrayal within our programmes is authentic, challenges stereotypes and reflects the lives of everyone living in Britain today. 

We’re involved at the very start of the commissioning process  helping to identify talent and opportunities that help shows to meet our Commissioning Diversity Guidelines. Through the Creative Diversity Fund we work with Heads of Departments to target funding to accelerate talent, ideas and independent producers.

The team has an open-door policy and aim to support and advise Channel 4’s production partners  specifically to help them to meet the Commissioning Diversity Guidelines and also to support off screen talent where possible. We are creative partners, collaborators and facilitators working collectively to advocate for equality and ensure that real, substantial change takes place through our work. 

Channel 4 and Motion Content Group Diverse Indies Fund: Creative Brief March 2022

As part of the legacy of the Black To Front project, in 2021 Channel 4 became the first broadcaster to ring-fence commissioning spend for ethnically diverse-led indies.

In a further commitment to ring-fenced spend and a pledge to helping smaller, diverse indies grow, we are delighted to be partnering with Motion Content Group to deliver the Channel 4 and Motion Content Group Diverse Indies Fund - a new and dedicated fund, designed to support small and medium sized ethnically diverse indies. Full details are in the Commissioning Brief here.

Vivienne Molokwu, Senior Commissioning Editor is the lead for the fund. If you have any further questions please get in touch with Vivienne VMolokwu@Channel4.co.uk.

Disability Disruption Commissioning Brief

In mid February 2022 we issued a brief for a disability-related commission to TX in early 2023.  Pls note, this is a closed tender to disabled-led indies or indies with senior creatives who self-identify as disabled.  There are further details in the document below, but please do get in touch with your Commissioning Editor or our Disability Lead Ally Castle (ACastle@channel4.co.uk) if you would like to discuss further.

You can find the Disability Disruption Commissioning Brief here.

Introductory guides to hiring, including and progressing disabled production talent

In November 2021, we published three introductory guides to support indies when hiring, including and progressing disabled employees and freelancers. 

You can find the guides here:

They explain our expectations when it comes to working with disabled talent on productions for Channel 4 as a part of fulfilling our Commissioning Diversity Guidelines.

We also offer 4Connect networking events for indies to meet with disabled production talent, in partnership with groups such as Deaf & Disabled People in TV. Below is a short a video on 4Connect which includes how to network with disabled talent and testimonials from talent who have attended the sessions.

 

4Connect

 

Indie Accelerator for Black, Asian and minority ethnic led indies

On 24 August 2020, we revealed the ten Black, Asian & minority ethnic-led indies selected for our Accelerator. You can find out more information here.

 

To make sure we are inclusive and accessible to all, please let us know if you require any adjustments or assistance for meetings and communications with you.

Head of Creative Diversity: Naomi Sesay

Based in London

Assistant: Stacey Olika

NSesay@channel4.co.uk

Creative Diversity Lead: Melanie Rodrigues

Based in Bristol
mrodrigues@channel4.co.uk

 

Creative Diversity and Disability Lead: Ally Castle

Based in London

Assistant: Stacey Olika

acastle@channel4.co.uk

Creative Diversity Lead, Nations & Regions: Neila Butt

Based at Leeds HQ

Assistant: Stacey Olika

nbutt@channel4.co.uk

Creative Diversity Project Manager: Georgina Dodds

Based in London

gdodds@channel4.co.uk

Contact: 020 7306 1018

 

Creative Diversity Coordinator: Stacey Olika

Based in Bristol

solika@channel4.co.uk

Creative Diversity & Disability Project Manager: Nicole Steven

Based in London

nsteven@channel4.co.uk