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Diversity and inclusion in the European audiovisual industries: both on and off-screen

European Audiovisual Observatory announces online workshop
Strasbourg, France 18 November 2020
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Diversity and inclusion in the European audiovisual industries: both on and off-screen


Online workshop 10 December 2020, 15.00-17.30 (CET)

Free registration here

How can Europe ensure better respect of diversity and inclusion in its cinema, television and VOD industries? There has long been a keen awareness of the principles of equality and non-discrimination based on gender, origin, or disabilities enshrined in European media legislation. But more recent social changes, in particular concerning the position of women in the workplace and the #blacklivesmatter development have meant that diversity and inclusion have more recently come into sharper focus. What of the audiovisual industries in Europe? How are we ensuring better D&I in the creative processes of content production? And what about our on-screen representation of society in films, series and other audiovisual content? 

The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, is organizing this free online public workshop to look at strategies and challenges for increasing diversity and inclusion in the European audiovisual industries: both off-screen and on-screen. Indeed a major new legal report on D&I based on this workshop is planned by the Observatory for spring 2021.

Our first session will examine under-representation behind the camera. What is the situation off-screen? How inclusive is the world of film and television? And what are the good practices for actually measuring the level of diversity and inclusion in these industries? From the perspective of the labour market we will look at themes such as equal employment conditions and training opportunities for minority and under-represented groups.

The second session will focus on the best ways to promote inclusion and non-discrimination on screen/air. Again we will look at best practices for actually measuring the perception of D&I on screen and on air as this must surely be the starting point for any analysis. What are our barometers? We will also look at how film funds encourage broader on-screen diversity as well as look at broadcaster long-term strategies for promoting D&I on air. 
The Observatory will provide its scene setting analysis of the situation in Europe as regards D&I. The conference will be moderated by Maja Cappello, Head of the Observatory’s Department for Legal Information, and her team. 
Observatory Executive Director, Susanne Nikoltchev, said “the time is more than right to address current discussions and best practices on diversity and inclusion in European film, TV and VOD industries. It’s the Observatory’s role to provide a neutral platform for debating challenges and goals by bringing together stakeholders from the various sector and stimulating exchanges on possible future developments. The pandemic has not stopped us in this: we continue online!” 

Workshop speakers will be announced soon.


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