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Opening new pathways for a diversity and inclusion strategy in the audiovisual sector

03 July 2023
Opening new pathways for a diversity and inclusion strategy in the audiovisual sector

On Friday 2 June 2023, a second roundtable on diversity in the audiovisual sector took place in Paris (watch the first roundtable). The discussion addressed topics from intersectionality to the building blocks of a diversity and inclusion strategy, as well as on opening pathways to the sector.

The day started with a keynote on intersectionality by Amrita Das, Didactics and communications specialist from the Centre for Teaching and Learning of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She outlined the theoretical underpinning of the terms, as well as its practical implications.

Intersectionality recognizes that identities are not singular but composed of multiple dimensions; each of which affects our lived experiences and social interactions. Mixed environments, to become inclusive creative spaces in which we connect through our intersections, need basic guidelines to establish trust and a sense of belonging.

Following the keynote speech, a first panel explored the main objectives and action strands of a diversity and inclusion strategy in the audiovisual sector.

Panellists were:

  • Alexandra Borchardt, independent researcher, journalist, and consultant from Germany
  • Marine Schenfele, Corporate Social Responsibility Director at CANAL+ Group
  • An Dezeure, Head of VRT JOBS (Recruitment, Talent Scouting, Internships) in Belgium

The panel was moderated by Francesca Scott, Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the European Broadcasting Union.

Among the many elements highlighted by the speakers in this conversation:

  • the importance to cater to more diverse audiences by monitoring and diversifying representation on screen but also by diversifying profiles in the teams;
  • the need to review and open up new recruitment channels in partnership with organisations that have access to young diverse talents;
  • reviewing leadership models, values and structures to ensure a change of culture really happens;
  • addressing tensions and conflicts as soon as they appear to allow change and learning when dialogue is still possible;
  • putting in place informal platforms for questions and exchanges, as well as formal reporting procedures when needed (accompanied by communication campaigns and training measures);

Learn more about everything that happened at the second roundtable and the project more broadly by visiting their website.

Relevant links and documents