The Production Guild of Great Britain has unveiled the 15 individuals from across TV production who will take part in its inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Mentor Scheme.
The candidates, chosen from underrepresented groups and looking to reach the next step in their career or move into a new discipline, will each be mentored for six months by a senior figure from film and high-end TV production.
Their disciplines range from production assistant to actor, producer, unit production manager, legal and business affairs and camera operator.
Among them are several TM members. These include:
Reshma Madhi, who joined the industry in 2019 on a placement with Baptiste producer Two Brothers Pictures through Film London's Equal Access Network before working as a runner on Sky/HBO drama The Third Day;
Joshua Fakumoju, a recent Ravensbourne University graduate working as a gaffer and looking to break into cinematography;
Anthony C Green, a camera operator with credits including Doctors, Question Time and Sky Sports who is moving into producing;
Bernadette D’Mello, an executive personal assistant and production coordinator at NBCUniversal;
Darius Midcalf, an editor and aspiring VFX artist and drama writer;
Paul Reilly, a production assistant moving into production coordinating
PGGB’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Group producer Jivan Mann said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for both mentors and mentees to really help the future leaders of today change the landscape of production for tomorrow.
“We kicked off at the end of July with a sound discussion around the benefits of mentoring, experiences of privilege and career progression, followed by training on how to get the best out of mentoring in conjunction with ScreenSkills. We can’t wait to check in with our mentees soon to see how they are developing as the scheme progresses.”
For full details of the 15 mentees and their mentors, click here