Almost 6,500 film and TV workers have now signed two open letters calling for an end to systemic racism and the introduction of equal opportunities for BAME creatives at every level of the industry. The first letter published by the newly-formed Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic TV Task Force was addressed directly to the government, as well as broadcasters and streamers, including the BBC and Netflix. It calls for change in the industry including the addition of the number of BAME commissioners and creators by 2022 and measures to end nepotism in hiring decisions.
The second letter is addressed to the industry as a whole, and calls on people to “banish” their weak excuses and empower more BAME producers. Big name stars such as Idris Elba, Olivia Colman, Emilia Clarke and Chiwetel Ejiofor are among its supporters.