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British television shows must meet a range of racial and gender targets in order to win awards at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) ceremony, the Radio Times reported on Tuesday.
Under the new changes, entries will be assessed against the British Film Institute’s Diversity Standards to ensure they meet a range of new eligibility rules.
Standards - Participation - Representation - Minorities - People
These standards involve measuring participation and the “representation of minorities” or “socially disadvantaged people,” with factors such as race, gender, disability, age, and sexual orientation taken into consideration.
The new rules also include a requirement that at least one of the “lead characters, contributors, presenters or voice artists” in any nominated show program come from an under-represented group.
Nominees - Gender - Balance - Individuals
Furthermore, all nominees must also have a 50-50 gender balance for “secondary, or more minor on-screen individuals.”
“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.
Aim - Industry - Diversity
“Our aim is to bring the industry together to improve diversity...
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