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Today we hear from Nisha Parti, co-author of an open letter by a group of women of colour working in the UK TV industry inspired by a similar effort in the US to tackle institutional racism, and Bunmi Akintonwa, head of Little Black Book Co and founding member of DiversifyTV, about the lessons the business can learn from the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Inspired by the Black Film Collective’s recent open letter to Hollywood appealing for change within the industry, a group of women of colour working in the UK film and TV business recently penned a revised version addressing particular concerns on this side of the pond.

Nisha Parti is founder of Parti Productions and of the group’s co-authors of the epistle, which quickly amassed over 5,000 signatures from constituents Michaela Coel, Idris Elba, Meera Syal, Gurinder Chadha and many others.

Parti, whose credits include the movie Honour and BBC2 drama The Boy With the Topknot, last year struck a coproduction deal with Sony Pictures Television. She speaks with Nico Franks about the response the letter received, why class also needs to be part of the conversation in the UK and her focus on championing Asian stories and talent.

The world is still reeling from the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police last month. The killing sparked mass protests across the globe and has pushed society to reconsider its relationship with race.

TV has a large part to play in that, according to Bunmi Akintonwa, head of Little Black Book Co and founding member of DiversifyTV, a group set up at Mipcom in Cannes to champion inclusion and representation across the international TV industry.

She tells Inigo Alexander about the role the business has played in our troubled relationship with race, the recent scramble among broadcasters and streamers to deal with instances of onscreen blackface and the lessons to be learned from the Black Lives Matter movement.

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