MIPCOM: BBC Drama ‘Damilola, Our Beloved Boy’ Wins at Inaugural Diversify Awards


The pink carpet on the Carlton Resort was rolled out for TV from the LGBTQ, disabled and minority communities.

An evening at MIPCOM devoted to range noticed the BBC TV drama Damilola, Our Beloved Boy win for greatest race and variety scripted sequence on the inaugural Diversify TV Excellence Awards on Tuesday in Cannes.

Samira Sorzano, a consultant for Banijay Rights, picked up the trophy for Minnow Movies, which produced the drama across the true-life homicide of a 10-year-old Nigerian boy, Damilola Taylor, in a London tower block stairwell in 2000 and his father or mother’s journey for justice and deliverance from profound grief.

“Minnow labored intently along with his [Damilola’s] father to be delicate, to maintain everybody completely happy, together with the broadcaster. It wasn’t all doom and gloom,” Sorzano informed the Hollywood Reporter.

The perfect non-scripted race and variety present honors went to Residence Candy Residence, an RTV Slovenija venture a couple of Syrian scholar who discovered refuge in Slovenia, solely to have efforts to discover a new residence after an house hearth thwarted by native prejudices.

Within the LBGTQ classes, the perfect scripted sequence prize went to Man in an Orange Shirt, produced by Kudos for BBC Two, whereas the non-scripted sequence prize went to Morgane Productions’ Changing into He or She, a France 5 present about 5 transgender youngsters combating for gender recognition.

“France is at all times seen as a human rights nation. However we’re a really conservative nation, and we have to open ourselves up and present what’s the actuality,” Morgane producer Guilhene Iop informed the Diversify Awards viewers.

Elsewhere, within the incapacity classes, Staff Chocolat, produced by de Mensen for Één Belgium, received for greatest scripted sequence, and the non-scripted sequence prize went to Employable Me, a Canadian documentary by Employable Me Productions that follows job-seekers with disabilities attempting to match their distinctive skills with open positions.

To qualify for Diversify Awards, TV exhibits should replicate race and ethnicity, LGBTQ or disabled communities and have aired on a linear or digital platform. Particular friends on the Carlton Resort gala included Sean Cohan, A+E Networks president worldwide and digital, and Ebonylife TV CEO Mo Abud.

Transgender mannequin Zion Moreno, star of the fact present Slay: The Collection, was the host of the awards ceremony.

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