TV shows will have to meet diversity targets to win Baftas

Mail Online | 10/9/2019 | Tim Stickings For Mailonline
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TV shows will have to meet a series of diversity requirements to be eligible for Bafta awards under new rules.

The BFI Diversity Standards, which cover race, gender and sexual orientation among other categories, are already part of the criteria for Bafta's film awards and are now being extended to cover small-screen productions.

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The rules will be piloted in Bafta's TV awards next year and will be fully introduced in 2021, the academy said.

In addition, Bafta committees and jury members are receiving training in 'unconscious bias' in an effort to promote diversity.

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Under the rules set out by the British Film Institute, TV productions must meet a series of diversity requirements to be eligible.

There are many different ways to pass, but the criteria include having lead actors from 'under-represented groups' and a gender balance among the supporting cast.

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Having a 'significant amount of contributors' who live outside London and the South East of England will also help.

Period dramas such as Downton Abbey may struggle to meet certain requirements, such as 20 per cent of the cast belonging to an ethnic minority.

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However, they could still pass in other ways, for instance by demonstrating a diverse crew.

'Working in close consultation with the BFI and the wider television industry, we are delighted to be piloting the introduction of the BFI Diversity Standards, with the plan to fully introduce diversity standards for 2021,' said Bafta CEO Amanda Berry.

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'Our aim is to bring the industry together to improve diversity and inclusion through sharing best...
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