Sony Digital Rapids Pixel Power calrec Sony

It's time for comedy 50:50

20/10/2018

Published: Fri 19 Oct 2018

ITV's Controller of Comedy Saskia Schuster hosted an event last night (October 18th) with RTS, The Writers Guild, Era 50:50, Funny Women and BAFTA to launch Comedy 50:50, an initiative seeking to implement measures to address the gender imbalance in comedy, starting with writers.

The event brought together producers, writers and agents and was opened by Schuster, who talked about her plans to build on ITV's Social Partnership agreement to increase the number of female writers in comedy teams on ITV productions. The event also heard from Deirdre Mullins, Bafta-winning actress and founding committee member for the Equal Representation for Actresses campaign (ERA 50-50).

The event gave producers, writers and agents the opportunity to network, including focussed introductory producer/writer meetings, with each producer hosting at least three, ten minute introductory meetings with female writers at the event.

The event also gave the attendees the opportunity to hear about and engage with a number of other aims Comedy 50:50 plans to drive forward, including:

Creating an independent database of female comedy writers, which can be accessed free of charge by producers. This is not related solely to ITV productions, this is for use on any show for any broadcaster.

Setting up mentorships whereby established writers commission less experienced writers to write an episode of their show and will work alongside them in the storylining and writing process. This suggestion has come from more established writers who benefitted from this early in their careers and perceive that there is generally less occurrence of this practice in the industry today.

Regular targeted networking that sets up short introductory meetings between writers and producers to expand the network of contacts.

Saskia Schuster said A few months ago a disgruntled female writer crossly pointed out to me that commissioners have the privileged opportunity to create change. She was right. And a bit scary. This is the start of that change, not with the ambition of meeting targets or quotas, but of changing our comedy culture. We can't be making the best shows possible for our audiences if our shows aren't inclusive or representative of the gender diversity of our viewers.

Ade Rawcliffe, ITV's Head of Diversity in Commissioning closed the event, which was held at ITV's Waterhouse Square Offices in Holborn on Thursday night (October 18th).

Comedy 50:50 is supported by the RTS, BAFTA, The Writers Guild, ERA 50:50 and Funny Women, who helped in extending invites to female writers with at least one TV, theatre or radio credit.
LINK: https://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-releases/its-time-comedy-5050...
See more stories from itv

Most recent headlines

21/04/2019

Lotto and Lotto Plus results for Saturday, 20 April 2019

Are you ready for the Lotto and Lotto Plus draw on Saturday, 20 April? It's yet another chance to find out whether or not you're South Africa's late...

21/04/2019

Nedbank Cup semifinal results: Chiefs win thriller to book a place in final

Kaizer Chiefs will meet first-division outfit TS Galaxy in the Nedbank Cup final after beating Chippa United in a six-goal thriller at Port Elizabeth on Saturda...

20/04/2019

Stream the Songs That Motivate TIME's Most Influential People of 2019

Released today, the 2019 TIME 100-the magazine's list of the world's most influential people-features plenty of names you'll recognize instantly. An...

20/04/2019

PreSonus Weekend Rundown

It's been a busy week. Let's rehash the important stuff you may have missed. This is a fun one going on with our friends at Splice. Mix Nobody's ...

20/04/2019

Netflix: Animated kids movies available in South Africa [April 2019]

While Netflix doesn't officially report on how many subscribers it has in South Africa, estimates range from around 150 000 to over 300 000. Because one acc...

20/04/2019

Sundowns edge out 10-man Baroka to heat up title race

Mamelodi Sundowns remain in the hunt for the league title after beating Baroka 2-1 in the weekend's only PSL fixture, which took place at the Old Peter Moka...

20/04/2019

Trippin' With Skhumba: In conversation with Celeste Ntuli

Throughout the season, Skhumba and his friends travelled all over the country, visiting famous comedians' hometowns so we can learn more about our favourite...

20/04/2019

Canal Walk detail Ratanga Family Entertainment Centre

Fans of Cape Town's now defunct theme park Ratanga Junction have received some good news in the form of an announcement by Canal Walk Shopping centre. The ...

20/04/2019

Orlando Pirates should win the league even if Sundowns aren't docked points

Mamelodi Sundowns manager Pitso Mosimane appears to have conceded the title race to Orlando Pirates whom he feels are favourites to claim the title now. Pirate...

20/04/2019

ClayPaky Launches The First Beam Moving Light With A Laser Source At Prolight+Sound2019, Along With Several Other New Products

ClayPaky Launches The First Beam Moving Light With A Laser Source At Prolight So...

20/04/2019

Caves du Manoir upgrades with DiGiCo SD12

Caves du Manoir upgrades with DiGiCo SD12 posted: 19/04/2019 For 40 years, the Caves du Manoir in Martigny, Valais (Switzerland) have been used for cultural...

20/04/2019

Primetime Ratings: Big Bang' Paces CBS to Win

CBS got the top spot in Thursday ratings, with The Big Bang Theory leading to a 1.1 in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, and a 5 share. In second was A...

20/04/2019

Natalie Morales Exiting Access

Just weeks after long-time Access executive producer Rob Silverstein was transitioned off of the entertainment magazine, co-host Natalie Morales also is departi...

20/04/2019

Weigel's WCIU Takes Over Chicago CW Affiliation in September

WCIU Chicago will become the CW affiliate in DMA No. 3 starting September 1. The station is owned by Weigel Broadcasting. The current CW affiliate in Chicago i...

20/04/2019

Powerball and Powerball Plus results Friday, 19 April 2019

It's Friday night and that can only mean one thing; cash dollar bills (not really) are ready to be won in the Powerball draw. Powerball and Powerball Plus ...

20/04/2019

Two Oceans Marathon: Live stream, start time results, route and more

The 2019 Two Oceans Marathon has had quite a few disruptions before the gun has even gone off. The route of the ultra event had to be changed due to the threat ...

20/04/2019

Weather forecast, alerts and UVB index for all South African provinces, 20 April 2019

Weather data provided by the South African Weather Service. For a detailed forec...

20/04/2019

3D Storm receives NAB2019 Top EMEA Distributor Award from NewTek

3D Storm receives NAB2019 Top EMEA Distributor Award from NewTek posted: 19/04/2019 At NAB 2019 show 3D Storm received an award as Top EMEA Distributor for ...

20/04/2019

Content We Loved This Week: April 19

in the wild Apr 19, 2019 All around the world, content creators are inspiring us. You know how much we love it! View this post on Instagram A post shared...

19/04/2019

7 Artists and Creators to Stream During Arab Heritage Month-and Year Round

April marks Arab Heritage Month in the U.S. To celebrate, we're featuring Arab American artists, comedians, and actors in our key Yalla Araby playlist. We k...

19/04/2019

2019 NAB Awards Roundup: Grass Valley, Panasonic, Ross Video, Quantum, and More Take Home Show Honors

2019 NAB Awards Roundup: Grass Valley, Panasonic, Ross Video, Quantum, and More ...

19/04/2019

Behind the Mic: ABC, ESPN Deploy Full Armada of On-Site Talent for Next Week's 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville

Behind the Mic: ABC, ESPN Deploy Full Armada of On-Site Talent for Next Week'...

19/04/2019

NAB 2019 Reflections: SportZcast's Mike Connell Envisions Vast Expansion Into New Sports Ventures

NAB 2019 Reflections: SportZcast's Mike Connell Envisions Vast Expansion Int...

19/04/2019

NAB 2019 Reflections: EVS's Sebastien Verlaine, Nicolas Bourdon Lay Out IP, Virtualized Future

NAB 2019 Reflections: EVS's Sebastien Verlaine, Nicolas Bourdon Lay Out IP, ...

19/04/2019

NAB Reflections: Panasonic's Mike Bergeron on 8K ROI and the Smart Studio

NAB Reflections: Panasonic's Mike Bergeron on 8K ROI and the Smart Studio Automated production and AR technology are also part of the studio design By Ken ...

19/04/2019

Sportradar, SportsGrid To Launch Free, 24-Hour Sports-Betting Network

Sportradar, SportsGrid To Launch Free, 24-Hour Sports-Betting Network By Jason Dachman, Chief Editor Friday, April 19, 2019 - 10:10 am Print This Story St...

19/04/2019

NAB 2019 Reflections: ChyronHego CEO Marco Lopez on the Importance of Sports-Venue, Esports Business

NAB 2019 Reflections: ChyronHego CEO Marco Lopez on the Importance of Sports-Ven...

19/04/2019

NAB 2019 Reflections: Object Matrix's Jonathan Morgan on the Power of Object-Based Storage for M&E

NAB 2019 Reflections: Object Matrix's Jonathan Morgan on the Power of Object...

19/04/2019

NAB 2019 in Review: The Major Trends and Surprises From the Big Broadcast Show in the Desert

NAB 2019 in Review: The Major Trends and Surprises From the Big Broadcast Show i...

19/04/2019

ZAYAN BAYAR BIL KEPERLUAN PEMINAT

ZAYAN BAYAR BIL KEPERLUAN PEMINAT Date Released:19 Apr 2019 Share Tweet Masalah pembayaran bil memberi tekanan dan membebankan anda? Sertai ZAYAN BAYAR u...

19/04/2019

IP-BASED SWITCHING SYSTEM OFFERS SUPERIOR OPPORTUNITIES - CHRISTIAN GOBBEL

Even though Internet Protocol (IP)-based systems are still in a phase where standards need to evolve and necessary features need to be consolidated, the opportu...

19/04/2019

Interra Systems Expands Dolby Partnership, Adding Support for Dolby Vision to BATON QC Platform

BCA Events 2012. Events 2013. BCA Events 2013 Interra Systems Expands D...

19/04/2019

Friday Tips: The Center Stage Reverb

If you've ever played a large venue like a sports arena, you know that reverb is a completely different animal than what the audience hears. You hear your i...

19/04/2019

NFVF Cycle 1 Funding Applications is Open

19 April, 2019 - 08:03 The National Film and Video Foundation, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture is pleased to announce that the call for Cycl...

19/04/2019

Hellocomputer signs as Agency on Record' for A+E Networks Africa

19 April, 2019 - 08:03 Hellocomputer Johannesburg has successfully pitched for and signed as the agency on record for A E Networks Africa, the global media ...

19/04/2019

Adlib adds sonic magic to O2 Academy Glasgow with Academy Music Group

Adlib adds sonic magic to O2 Academy Glasgow with Academy Music Group posted: 19/04/2019 Adlib's installation team has delivered another excellent tou...

19/04/2019

4Wall Invests in Kinesys

4Wall Invests in Kinesys posted: 19/04/2019 Leading North American Lighting and Video rental specialist 4Wall Entertainment has invested in new Kinesys au...

19/04/2019

Complete workflow solutions from Datavideo at NAB 2019

Complete workflow solutions from Datavideo at NAB 2019 posted: 19/04/2019 The HS-3200: This feature rich machine has 12 inputs who are all accepting a mix...

19/04/2019

Super Rugby highlights: Sunwolves 23-29 Hurricanes

NOTE: Additional reporting by AFP, Super Rugby Highlights appear courtesy of SANZAAR. New Zealand's Hurricanes recovered their puff after a shaky start Fri...

19/04/2019

Philippines Easter: Devotees nailed to crosses, submit to flogging [pictures]

Please note that this article contains graphic images which might upset sensitive viewers. Eight men and a woman were nailed to crosses while hundreds of baref...

19/04/2019

Fox Orders Another Season of Last Man Standing'

Photo courtesy of ABC Fox has renewed the comedy Last Man Standing for 2019-2020. Tim Allen stars in the show. Next season will be Last Man's second on Fox...

19/04/2019

Fox Cancels Comedy Rel,' Drama The Gifted'

Fox has canceled the first-year comedy Rel and the sophomore drama The Gifted. Rel debuted Sept. 30, a multi-camera comedy from 20th Century Fox Television. It ...

19/04/2019

Season Two of Strange Angel' on CBS All Access June 13

Drama Strange Angel debuts season two on CBS All Access June 13. The period drama centers on Jack Parsons, who straddled the worlds of science and the occult, p...

19/04/2019

Premier League: Results, fixtures and EPL latest log 20 April 2019

EPL Fixtures on 20 April *All times SAST Manchester City vs Tottenham 13:30 Manchester City and Tottenham contest a repeat of their midweek Champions League...

19/04/2019

Weather forecast, alerts and UVB index for all South African provinces, 19 April 2019

Weather data provided by the South African Weather Service. For a detailed forec...

19/04/2019

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES NEW ANIME AND MANGA RELEASES FOR APRIL

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES NEW ANIME AND MANGA RELEASES FOR APRIL BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS Blu-ray/DVD Arrives Alongside MY HERO ACADEMIA And NIER:AUTOMATA No...

19/04/2019

VIZ ORIGINALS TO HOST PORTFOLIO REVIEWS AT LEADING 2019 POP CULTURE CONVENTIONS

VIZ ORIGINALS TO HOST PORTFOLIO REVIEWS AT LEADING 2019 POP CULTURE CONVENTIONS Opportunity For Artists And Writers To Show Their Works To The Team Behind VIZ&...