Mipcom 2021, set to once again host a global television distribution and production reunion in Cannes from 11-14 October, has confirmed the finalists for its Diversify TV Excellence Awards. The 5th edition of the event is scheduled for Wednesday 13 October from 16.00 to 17.00 CEST, in the Grand Auditorium, Palais des Festivals, Cannes, and will also be availbale for live stream.
This year, the event will be hosted as it welcomes the return of the Variety Creative Change Award which made its debut in 2020, giving recognition to individuals who use their platform in the arts to create inclusive stories. This year’s recipient is Academy Award nominated actor, writer, producer, and musician, Riz Ahmed. The event will also feature Salif Cissé as Master of Ceremonies this year, a graduate of the prestigious National Academy of Dramatic Arts. Salif, who starred in last year’s shortlisted drama Mental, staged his first project High Sign at the Cartes Blanches Festival in 2017.
The winning programs will be featured by charitable organizations that campaign for equality and inclusion, including Fondation Mozaïk, GLAAD, GADIM, Mencap, Minority Rights Group, SCOPE, Show Racism the Red Card, Stonewall.
The participants were selected from the largest-ever selection of submissions by the Pre-Selection Jury made up of the MIP Markets Diversity Advisory Board and a panel of industry experts, including: Bunmi Akintonwa, CEO, Little Black Book Company; Mounia Aram, CEO, Mounia Aram Company; Sahar Baghery, Head of Business Development, Amazon Prime Video; Bruna Capozzoli, Head of Creative Content, On The edge Conservation; Patrick Connolly, International Entertainment Executive; David Cornwall, Managing Director, Scorpion Television; Mark Garner, EVP Global Content Sales & Business Development, A+E Networks; Sallyann Keizer, Managing Director, Sixth Sense Media; Wincie Knight, Senior Director, Global Inclusion Strategies, ViacomCBS Networks International, among many others.