The Creative Diversity Network (CDN) has launched its call for entries for its 2019 UK Television Diversity Awards. 

The awards are held every two years to reward outstanding “quality, creativity and diversity in television that represents all aspects of British society.”

The CDN is largely paid for by its members – BAFTA, BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5/Viacom, Creative Skillset, Pact, ITN, ITV, Media Trust, S4C, Sky and Turner Broadcasting
 
The awards go to those leading the way in driving change across broadcasting around age, body image, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, regionality, sexuality and social class.
 
The piece of work, technology, organisation or person nominated must have been operating in the UK between 30th November 2016 and 30th November 2018, and related to terrestrial, cable, satellite or digital channels and platforms.
 
Entries are free and can be submitted here. The deadline for entries is July 17th and the awards ceremony will be held in London on Wednesday 9th October 2019.
 
Deborah Williams, CDN Executive Director said: “Television has an incredibly powerful and important role to play in increasing everyone’s opportunity to fulfil their creative potential. Diversity clearly makes business sense for the UK’s production and broadcast sector – ensuring we continue to be world-leaders in an increasingly competitive, international economy. These awards are designed to celebrate those who’ve done most to ensure the UK’s television sector is the very best it can be.”
 
This year’s categories are:
 
·         Production Company of the Year
Celebrating a Production Company’s commitment to producing diverse content.
·         Broadcaster of the Year
Celebrating a Broadcaster’s active, demonstrable engagement with the diversity agenda.
·         Disrupter
Celebrating a piece of work that disrupts the way the industry views or tackles an issue.
·         Unsung Hero
Rewarding the efforts of an employee who has gone above and beyond to champion diversity or enable accessible working environments.
·         Commissioning
Celebrating a commission that has brought positive and authentic attention to a diverse community.
·         Off-screen Recruitment, Training & Development
Championing innovation in the provision of reasonable adjustments networks or training programmes.
·         Advocate in Industry
Recognising a person(s) for their work championing one of the protected characteristic communities within the Broadcast industry through appearance at events, written, visual or audio work.
·         Digital Technology
Employment of technology that has made a programme or access to programmes more every day.
·         Partnership
Celebrating a project partner that has supported one of the members in the delivery of diversity or inclusion related work and working environments.
 
In addition, CDN will select and present two special awards:
 
·         Uber Ally
An award for outstanding support of the Creative Diversity Network and its agenda.
·         Outstanding Contribution
An award for an outward facing leader who has foregrounded diversity.
 
Winners of the 2017 CDN awards included: Chewing Gum, Damilola, Our Loved Boy, The Last Leg: Live From Rio, Unreported World. Mission Critical: Afghanistan, BBC Children’s In-House Production, Levi David Addai, Damian Kavanagh and Michaela Coel.

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