The producers of Bafta-winning shows Uprising and Dreaming Whilst Black are among the 20 diverse creatives selected for this year’s Bafta Elevate scheme.
Nelson Adeosun co-produced all three episodes of Uprising, BBC2’s factual companion series to Steve McQueen’s BBC1 drama anthology Small Axe, which was named best factual series at this year’s Baftas. Adeosun was previously assistant producer of BBC1’s RTS Award-winning Damilola: The Boy Next Door and is one of The TV Collective’s Breakthrough Leaders.
Meanwhile, comedy producer Gina Lyons produced BBC3 scripted pilot Dreaming Whilst Black, which won star and creator Adjani Salmon a Bafta TV Craft Award for emerging talent: fiction. She also produced the pilot for BBC3’s In My Skin, which, though commissioned out of the BBC’s comedy department, went on to win best drama series at this year’s Baftas.
Now in its fourth year, Bafta Elevate now gives the 20 individuals two years of professional development support, twice the length of the one year offered to previous candidates. The cohort, who identify as either disabled, from minority ethnic or low socio-economic backgrounds, receive networking opportunities, panel discussions, masterclasses and workshops.
While this year's focus is on producers, previous iterations have centred on actors, writers and female directors.
This year’s cohort also includes current affairs producer/director Bushra Siddiq, The Great Pottery Throwdown casting producer Farrah Solim, production manager Ashleigh Ashley , film producer Ameenah Ayub Allen, whose credits include the Bafta-winning Rocks and recent release Ali & Ava, and Kevin Muyolo, producer of YouTube comedy-entertainment series Race Around Britain.
Here are the 2022 Bafta Elevate cohort in full – click on the links to read their Talent Manager profiles and see all the candidates here
Ameenah Ayub Allen
Barrington Paul Robinson
Sunita Mirchandani Hyams