Submissions are open for the third edition of the Mipcom Diversify TV Excellence Awards 2019, organised by Reed Midem.
Dedicated to championing and promoting diverse and inclusive content that can make an impact on wide audiences, the Mipcom Diversify TV Excellence Awards will be held on Monday 14 October 2019.
The world’s entertainment content market, Mipcom takes place in Cannes, France from 14-17 October 2019.
Reed Midem also aims to ensure that MIP Markets have an inclusive atmosphere and support initiatives from different groups, bring new content creators and create new opportunities for them in the business, and support diversity in executive ranks and writers’ rooms to empower new generations.
“As the global TV industry event, one of Mipcom’s missions is to push the agenda to encourage equal and positive representation, both in front of and behind the camera”, said Laurine Garaude, Director of the Television Division at Reed Midem, which organises Mipcom.
“We are so delighted to launch the 3rd edition of the Mipcom Diversify TV Excellence Awards, which has quickly become one of the main highlights of the event,”
To achieve these goals, Reed Midem relies on the support and guidance of the MIP Markets Diversity Advisory Board, comprised of: Bunmi Akintonwa, CEO, Little Black Book Company; Sahar Baghery, Head of Business Development, Amazon Prime Video; Sean Cohan, President, Wheelhouse Entertainment & Chief Business Officer, Wheelhouse Group; David Cornwall, Managing Director, Scorpion Television; David Ellender, President, Global Distribution & Co-productions, Sonar Entertainment; Sallyann Keizer, Managing Director, Sixth Sense Media; David Levine, GM, Disney Channels UK; and Nick Smith, EVP Formats, All3Media International.
“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 broader and wider audiences. One only need look at the success of Black Panther and Captain Marvel to recognize this,” said Disney Channel UK’s David Levine.
“Diversity and globally-inclusive viewpoints should be the norm and the baseline expectation in the kids content industry -our viewers are increasingly expecting this- and programming needs to keep up with this evolution in order to be relevant to today’s parents and kids.”
This year’s Diversity and Inclusion programme will feature major personalities who are speaking out to create more opportunities and enhance visibility for talent from diverse backgrounds. It will also highlight experts demonstrating the positive impact of diversity, and support a series of networking events bringing together various communities.
A key part of the programme, the Mipcom Diversify TV Excellence Awards ceremony is an invitation-only event for some 200 leading TV executives. The winning shows will be chosen by charitable organisations and specialised publications that campaign for equality and inclusion (names to be announced soon), who will reward positive programming across the year that embraces representation in worthy shows.
The deadline for submissions is 22 July 2019.
To be eligible, programmes must provide a fair and accurate representation of BAME, LGBTQ+ and disabled communities, stand out for originality and excellence in terms of storytelling, casting and production values, challenge stereotypes, and show a positive impact.
Episodes submitted must have aired within the past year (between 1 September 2018 and 21 July 2019) on a linear and/or non-linear platform (first broadcast of any season).
Programmes can be entered in one category only:
- Mipcom Diversify TV Excellence Award for Representation of Race and Ethnicity (scripted or non-scripted)
- Mipcom Diversify TV Excellence Award for Representation of LGBTQ+ (scripted or non-scripted)
- Mipcom Diversify TV Excellence Award for Representation of Disability (scripted or non-scripted)
- Mipcom Diversify TV Excellence Award for kids’ programming, across all genres
All submitted programmes will be reviewed by members of the MIP Markets Diversity Advisory Board, along with a panel of TV experts to be announced soon and Reed Midem’s editorial team.