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  • The Film and TV Charity has launched a Mental Health Taskforce to tackle the mental health “crisis” in the UK film and television industry.

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    Mental health: 87% of UK TV industry workers have suffered a mental health problem

    Source: bunyiam / Shutterstock

    The Film and TV Charity has launched a Mental Health Taskforce to tackle the mental health “crisis” in the UK film and television industry.

    According to the charity’s Looking Glass study, 87% of the UK TV and film workforce have experienced a mental health problem – significantly higher than the wider UK figure, which is 65%. Half have considered taking their own life, while one in ten have even taken steps to end their life.

    Much of this is tied to the freelance nature of the industry, with increased risk factors for freelancers. Among those who identify as BAME, LGBTQ+ or disabled, the numbers and risk factors are significantly elevated.

    The survey was conducted by the Work Foundation and sought the views of 9,000 industry professionals from across the UK. According to the charity, it highlights a mental health crisis in the industry, pointing to three areas of underlying causes for poor mental health outcomes, called the ‘three Cs’. These are:

    • Conditions of work
    • The industry’s culture
    • Its capability to provide support for those who need it

    In order to tackle this, the charity has invited industry leaders to form the Film and TV Taskforce on Mental Health which aims to co-create and co-fund a programme of work to tackle the mental health crisis.

    In a blog, Film and TV Charity CEO Alex Pumfrey said she had been “heartened by the industry’s overwhelmingly positive response”.

    In April, it will launch a new, urgent two-year response to the research findings, called The Whole Picture Programme, which will make up part of a 10-year plan to support the long-term mental health of people in the industry.

    Industry leaders have agreed to back the programme to the tune of a £3 million commitment which will be used to fund an enhanced 24/7 support line for people in the industry, as well as campaigns looking to change behaviour across the sector.

    The likes of ITV, Sky, Channel 4 and mental health charity Mind are among those backing the initiative.

    Zai Bennett, managing director, Content at Sky, said: “The Film and TV Charity has delivered a compelling case for investment in the mental health of our industry’s workforce. We are proud of Sky’s reputation as a great place to work, and the Whole Picture Programme will allow us to enhance the support available to our own employees and extend valuable services into the freelance community and across the industry.

    “We want to provide an exciting, vibrant and safe place to work, knowing that our industry will put people first. We are delighted to play our part in the funding and launch of the Whole Picture Programme.”

    Pumfrey added: “I’m pleased to be working with the members of the new Film and TV Taskforce on Mental Health to spearhead a movement for change. Devastating though the findings from our research are, we firmly believe there is cause for optimism.

    “As a cohort, we are committed to working closely together to address the widespread issues, building an industry that has ‘great work’; where people are much better supported, in which bullying and the stigma of mental health is relegated to history; and where working practices take account of the very human nature of our work. As the charity supporting the film, TV and cinema workforce we often hear the stories that others don’t. We can no longer shy away from the need for real change.”

  • The DPP has unveiled the first average score for participants in its Committed to Sustainability programme, which was launched last November to promote environmentally sustainable practices.

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    Production: Industry scores two out of five for sustainability

    The DPP has unveiled the first average score for participants in its Committed to Sustainability programme, which was launched last November to promote environmentally sustainable practices.

    The DPP’s Sustainability Programme provides a self-assessment checklist that allows companies to record their progress in implementing sustainability policies, awarding them a score out of five.

    In a statement, the media industry’s business network confirmed that while participating companies scored across the whole range, the industry average emerged as two out of five.

    DPP managing director Mark Harrison said: “Two out of five might sound poor as an industry average. And the DPP itself scored just two.”

    “But the fact is that until now no one knew where the media industry was on its journey towards a more sustainable future.

    “Our programme has provided a tool through which we can all show our commitment and measure our progress. It’s really motivating.”

    The Committed to Sustainability programme was enabled by DPP member Atos and was launched at the DPP Tech Leaders’ Briefing in November last year, to promote environmentally sustainable practices among suppliers and content providers.

    The score awarded by the programme is private to the company concerned, but it can be used in procurement submissions, in marketing, and as a motivating force for further improvement.

    The DPP said: “A range of scores, between one and five, has been achieved by participating companies, resulting in the current industry average score of two.”

    There are currently nineteen participants in the programme, from global professional service providers to specialist media technology companies.

    The companies are A+E Networks EMEA, Akamai Technologies, Arqiva, Atos, Blackbird, Cerberus Tech, Deep Render, DPP, Film Locker, InSync Technology, Limecraft, MediaSaaS, Piksel, Qvest Media, Red Bee Media, Rubber Republic, Singular Live, Sundog Media Toolkit and Tinkerlist.

    Harrison added: “What all these companies are saying is ‘we care, and we want to know how to measure our progress’.”

    “That’s why the low scoring companies are just as impressive as the high scoring ones. The programme is a statement of intent and a community for responsible companies.

    “The DPP is excited about working with that community in the months and years ahead.”

    The range and number of participants in the DPP Committed to Sustainability programme is expected to increase rapidly over the next twelve months according to the DPP and will regularly update the industry average score so that companies can measure their performance against it.

    Akamai Technologies is among the latest companies to be awarded the DPP Committed to Sustainability mark.

    Akamai director of sustainability Mike Mattera said: “We’re delighted to be a part of the DPP Committed to Sustainability programme.

    “Here at Akamai, environmental sustainability speaks to our core values as an organisation. And being able to demonstrate our dedication to reducing our impact publicly is important to us and our customers.”

    The programme is available to all companies, free of charge, irrespective of whether they are a member of the DPP.

    More information is available on the DPP website here.

  • Michaela Tod is stepping down from her role as co-chief executive of ProSiebenSat.1′s entertainment division after one year with the German broadcaster.

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    Micheala Tod, now former co-chief executive at ProsiebenSat.1

    Michaela Tod is stepping down from her role as co-chief executive of ProSiebenSat.1′s entertainment division after one year with the German broadcaster.

    Tod decided to leave ProSiebenSat.1 for “private reasons” effective as of 31 July 2020.

    Together with Wolfgang Link, Tod is currently heading the €2.6 billion entertainment segment of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE as co-chief executive and is responsible for managing the commercial business.

    In this role, Tod has driven the growth of digital and smart advertising business, which was reported in Q3 2019 as growing 37% in revenue as well as heading the accelerated expansion of the addressable TV business.

    In a statement, ProSiebenSat.1 said: “Alongside with Wolfgang Link, Co-CEO Entertainment, she has thus consistently advanced the transformation of the entertainment business.”

    Previously, Tod spent more than 14 years with the British technology group Dyson in various senior positions working across China, Japan and England.

    As president of Dyson, she was responsible for the greater China region and worked closely with e-commerce and digital platforms Alibaba and Tencent.

    On the announcement, Tod said: “My decision was anything but easy, because I am leaving a very exciting company and a great team.

    “But unfortunately, there are private reasons that move me to do so. I’m still here until summer and we still have a lot to do – I’m looking forward to it!”

    In a report from Real Screen, Sabine Eckhardt will replace Tod to lead the entertainment arm of the German broadcaster.

    Eckhardt worked at ProSiebenSat.1 in various senior leadership roles varying from chairwoman to member of the executive board and chief commercial officer from May 2009 to April 2019.

    ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE chief executive Max Conze said: “Wolfgang and Michaela have set up a future-ready entertainment pillar and efficiently positioned it so that we can now respond to the needs of our customers and viewers in a much more agile way.

    “The management of the entertainment pillar and the broad range of topics by two co-CEOs has proven itself. I very much regret Michaela’s decision.”

     

  • BBC Studios has announced the appointment of Yasir Mirza to the newly created post of head of diversity and inclusion to lead on devising and implementing new inclusive strategy.

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    New BBC Studios head of diversity and inclusion Yasir Mirza

    BBC Studios has announced the appointment of Yasir Mirza to the newly created post of head of diversity and inclusion to lead on devising and implementing new inclusive strategy.

    BBC Studios, the commercial production and distribution subsidiary of the BBC, will see former Channel 4 executive Yasir Mirza join the company to lead its diversity and inclusion campaign.

    Mirza joins BBC Studios after working at C4 where he “spearheaded a diversity strategy for the broadcaster encompassing its new out-of-London sites”. The statement from the BBadded his leadership coaching and communications to the public around diversity were notable.

    Previously Mirza led on diversity and inclusion for the global philanthropic organisation Open Society Foundations, he also spends six years working at the Guardian News and Media as its head of diversity and inclusion.

    He worked closely with journalists to broaden and deepen the diversity of content, representation, and devising a more inclusive organisational culture and wrote extensively for the publication on diversity in the media.

    Mirza will begin his new role from the middle of March this year. Upon accepting the position he said: “I’m hugely excited to be joining BBC Studios. It’s an opportunity to work with teams of the highest calibre who make content for global audiences, and I’m looking forward to helping the business improve its representation of the world we live in today.”

    BBC Studios, which makes around 2,000 hours of content a year, is a champion for British creativity around the world and a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector.

    BBC Studios has revenue of around £1.4 billion, and returns over £200 million to the BBC Group annually, complementing the BBC’s licence fee and enhancing programmes for UK audiences.

    BBC Studios HR director Jabbar Sardar said: “Driving diversity and inclusion both on and off screen is a clear priority, so that we can better serve our audiences and truly reflect modern Britain.

    “We’re thrilled Yasir will be at the helm as we build on existing work to further embed diversity and inclusion into every facet of our culture.”


 

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