‘Over the moon’ to launch TV chan­nel

Me­dia pro­duc­tion project aims to im­prove di­ver­sity

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A NEW on­line TV chan­nel, cre­ated and founded in Hayes, has launched tak­ing a ‘satir­i­cal look’ at di­ver­sity and com­mu­nity is­sues af­fect­ing Lon­don­ers to­day.

Make A Dif­fer­ence En­ter­tain­ment, ( MADE) a me­dia pro­duc­tion char­ity based in west Lon­don, launched an on­line TV chan­nel, madeTV, on Satur­day where ‘di­ver­sity mat­ters’.

West Lon­don Film Stu­dios, Hayes, hosted the event to screen pro­duced work, and for a chance to meet with the cast, crew and cre­atives in­volved.

Af­ter lead­ing video pro­duc­tion work­shops MADE founder, and lo­cal res­i­dent, Blaise Singh, The Uxbridge Gazette Se­ries was ap­proached by young peo­ple from the Town­field ward to col­lab­o­rate on a project that aims to cre­ate stronger so­cial links within neigh­bour­hoods.

The ‘MADE in HAYES project’ is about al­low­ing par­tic­i­pants to take lead and own­er­ship of pro­gramme mak­ing – giv­ing them a chance to ad­dress is­sues of im­por­tance and unite the di­verse com­mu­ni­ties of the bor­ough through en­ter­tain­ment.

The madeTV chan­nel will broad­cast con­tent to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties and aware­ness about di­ver­sity is­sues re­lated to race, gen­der, sex­u­al­ity and dis­abil­ity.

It will also show­case work pro­duced by groups in MADE’s com­mu­nity co­he­sion and em­ploy­a­bil­ity pro­grammes. madeTV will take a satir­i­cal look at di­ver­sity and com­mu­nity is­sues af­fect­ing Lon­don­ers to­day.

MADE founder Blaise Singh, said: “This is a great op­por­tu­nity for un­der­rep­re­sented tal­ent to have a voice and share sto­ries that are im­por­tant to them.

“To truly re­flect the di­ver­sity of Great Britain there must be more peo­ple of colour, women, LGBT [les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der] and dis­abled peo­ple both on screen in lead roles as well as be­hind the scenes as cre­ative lead­ers.

“We’re over the moon and grate­ful to be sup­ported by our fun­ders and par­tic­i­pants on this ex­cit­ing, fun and en­gag­ing me­dia project.”

Cre­ative Skillset find­ings re­veal that Lon­don is more than 45% black, Asian and mi­nor­ity eth­nic yet, only 5.3% of the film and TV pro­duc­tion work­force is.

It’s a sim­i­lar story of mas­sive un­der­rep­re­sen­ta­tion for women, dis­abled and LGBT peo­ple.

The launch event show­cased and cel­e­brated the par­tic­i­pants’ tal­ents, ap­pre­ci­at­ing the great ef­fort that they put into their pro­duc­tions.

Made in Hayes runs ses­sions ev­ery Satur­day at the West Lon­don Film Stu­dio, Spring­field Road, Hayes, UB4 0RG, from 10am – 6pm. See www.madetv.org/

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