New diversity Producer and Director initiative.

This looks like a great opportunity for some lucky people…


The Nest are launching an exciting, unique, and fully inclusive project for fledgling Producer and Director talent in the UK. 

Are you a Producer or Director with an idea that needs to be seen on screen? We want to find the best ideas, from the best talent who’ve not had the best chance to pitch their project. Yet!

We’re looking for senior diverse talent from every under-represented corner of the UK to come forward with their non-scripted programme ideas and The Nest will help nurture them onto screen alongside their very own Executive Producer mentor.

It’s a fact “there is a woeful lack of diversity within senior positions and key decision makers.” And over the last 5 years, “in the case of disabled employees and those from minority ethnic groups (“MEGs”), the gap between overall diversity and diversity amongst senior managers has not improved in TV.

Projections suggest that if we continue on the same path, the proportion of TV employees who are disabled will fall over the next five years.” *   

There’s also a major imbalance of gender at this level; “Men are three times more likely than women to be documentary directors, according to a We Are Doc Women report, which calls for the industry to introduce a 50% quota for females. [It] found that between August 2019 and July 2020 men accounted for 72% of directors / series directors and 67% of producer directors.” **

So, The Nest are trying to change all that, and looking for Producers and Directors with ideas and representation from as many diverse backgrounds as possible, including; 

·                     Those with lived experience of a disability

·                     Those from Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds

·                     Those from lower-income backgrounds – social economic diversity (SED)

·                     Female


This is a developmental role for exceptional producers and directors, that can complement other work schedules in the background. Someone who has a mind full of their own ideas but is yet to go further. The possibilities are vast; any non-scripted TV idea for any genre – we have expertise across the industry – from reality to documentary and everything in-between.

We’ll shortlist our favourite ideas and interview the best over the coming weeks. The final candidates will be thoughtfully paired with an Exec Producer who will take them under their wing and mentor every stage; from development to pitch, and beyond.

It won’t be a paid role until a commission is won, but we will guide and nurture with a robust infrastructure; including the finances, legals, logistics and even office space – so the focus can be on the creative.

If you’re a gifted diverse Producer or Director, who would like help getting your exceptional non-scripted TV show ideas fast tracked, this is the project for you!

We like to be different at The Nest and only want to work with nice people who share our values and humanity. To get in touch, please email; before Friday 12thNovember 2021.

Source:OFCOM 5 Year Diversity and Equal Opportunities Report 2021

** Source: Broadcast – 13.10.21