The world’s entertainment content market, MIPCOM takes place in Cannes, France, from 14-17 October 2019. Under the umbrella theme “The Streaming Offensive”, the conference will bring sharp focus to the seismic changes in global distribution models, their impact on content production and licensing, and the global response to the direct-to-consumer challenge.

MIPCOM 2019 recently unveiled the nominees for the Diversify TV Excellence Award. Dedicated to championing and promoting diverse and inclusive content that can make an impact on wide audiences; the third edition of the MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards will be held on Monday 14 October 2019, at the Carlton Hotel, Cannes, France.

The 21 nominated programmes, all of which have been broadcast in the past 12 months, have been recognized by the Pre-Selection Jury for providing a fair and accurate representation of BAME, LGBTQ+ and disabled communities. They are also seen as standing out for originality and excellence in terms of storytelling, casting and production values, challenging stereotypes, and showing a positive impact.

All the 21 programmes have been nominated across seven categories. The Bold Type, Vida, and Younger are nominated for the award recognizing scripted programs representing LGBTQ+. In the category of Representation of LGBTQ+ – Unscripted, The Origins of Pride, Transkids, and You Can’t Ask That are shortlisted.

In Representation of Disability – Scripted, nominated titles include Jerk, Perfect World, and This Close. The non-scripted titles for the disability representation category are If There’s Room for Two, No Drama – Bernarda Alba, and No Vacancy: Vancouver’s Housing Crisis.

In the Representation of Race and Ethnicity – Scripted category, nominees are Ackley Bridge, Isoken, and Kiss Me First. In the non-scripted category for race and ethnicity representation, recognized titles are African Diaspora Diaries, Breaking the Taboo – Racism and Resistance, and The Curry House Kid.

Among the organizations that will be choosing the winning programs are GADIM, GLAAD, ILGA-Europe, Minority Rights, Race Equality Foundation, SCOPE, Show Racism the Red Card and Sporting Equals.

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