‘Over the moon’ to launch TV channel
Media production project aims to improve diversity
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/