BBC Studios Introduces Inclusion Rider for All New Commissions

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Twenty percent of all on-screen talent and production teams must come from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background; have a lived experience of a disability; or be from a low-income background.

BBC Studios, the BBC's production and sales arm, has beefed up its commitment to diversity by installing an inclusion rider for all new BBC and third-party U.K. commissions.

The rider sets out a minimum target that 20 percent of all on-screen talent and production teams must come from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background; have a lived experience of a disability; or be from a low-income background. There will also be an additional commitment to a target of at least one senior role on scripted and unscripted production teams being appointed from one of these backgrounds.

Effective immediately, the inclusion rider will apply to every new commission from BBC Studios' scripted and unscripted teams across drama; comedy; factual, including the natural history unit; factual entertainment; and entertainment.

Other steps announced Monday include a mentoring program with industry-led skills body ScreenSkills aimed at under-represented talent at the assistant producer or script editor level or above and the creation of a short film for schools covering all of the behind the camera roles in drama, entertainment and factual to help inspire students to pursue a career in the TV industry.

"As the UK’s biggest producer of content, my ambition has always been that BBC Studios Production leads the way in leveling the playing field for anyone wanting to join and thrive in our industry," said Ralph Lee, BBC Studios’ director of content. "These initiatives are by no means a magic bullet and we’re also doing a lot of work on culture and education to make our teams more inclusive. The talent in front of and behind the camera will give perspectives that will shape our content, making it more authentic and universal in its depiction of our audiences — and ultimately its appeal with them."

LGBTQ+ talent also form part of the onscreen inclusion rider commitment but not off-screen teams as BBC Studios Production has already exceeded this target.