BBC Takes Diversity Seriously

We know this because Old Beeb recently chose 5 minority writers to write five original shows. Of course, we don’t know if they’re paying them. Still….

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by Tambay A. Obenson

Filming started last week on “The Break” – an exciting initiative between BBC TasterBBC Writersroom and BBC Drama Production to produce five original short film monologues for online, written by up-and-coming BAME (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) writing talent from across the UK. Each short consists of a standalone, contemporary individual monologue.

The selected writers were discovered through talent searches, development schemes and theatre partnerships. Twelve writers were invited to a one day workshop, after which they pitched ideas. Five were chosen for production.

With a spotlight on diversity, and the 18-30 audience, these shorts will showcase writers with a strong, unique voice who have yet to write for the screen. BBC Taster will act as a platform for their creative work to be seen and shared. BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, Zam Salim is directing the shorts.

Meet the five selected writers:

Read it all at Indiewire