There’s been a welcome new initiative in the industry which has been brewing over the past year and has now poured into TV’s cup of good things to report.
The Coalition for Change, led by freelancer (and industry superhero) Adeel Amini, has brought together key stakeholders in the industry — broadcasters, indies and freelancers – to do something to tackle issues around employment and recruitment practices, workplace culture, race and diversity, bullying and harassment, training and talent progression, new talent, mental health and wellbeing.
These are the main plesges (signed up to by all the public service broadcasters along with Sky, UKTV and industry bodies including Pact, Bectu, ScreenSkills and the Film and TV Charity):
1. Professionalize the industry. By formalizing certain practices and reducing the casual nature of our work, we can ensure a solid foundation upon which robust principles can be built.
2. Invest in people. Our industry thrives on creative individuals, but there is a tendency to see those people as disposable and replaceable — often in favor of those with privilege. With more solidified pipelines, new and diverse talent can thrive and therefore safeguard the future of an industry that must constantly reflect and adapt to the world around it.
3. Respecting talent. While investment and stronger foundations are key, so too is the wellbeing of the people who form this industry. The ability to be seen, heard and treated with dignity is a start to maintaining a happier and healthier community.
4. Creating a sustainable ecosystem. We all have our part to play in this industry, whether it’s broadcasters, indies or freelancers. By stepping up to the challenges we all face as one cohesive unit, the Coalition has the potential to be the microcosm of cooperation we would one day like to see in the industry as a whole.
Adhering to the contract is the responsibility of those who have signed up to its pledges and the steering group will meet at regular intervals to review how it is going, backed up by an annual survey mounted by Broadcast magazine
All power to its elbow. A welcome step forward, for sure.