Breaking the Glass Ceiling returns

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Steve McQueen Film London’s Equal Access Network (EAN) has announced the selected participants for the 2021/2022 Breaking the Glass Ceiling programme, a leadership scheme to benefit professionals from ethnically diverse backgrounds. 


The programme launches this month in association with BECTU and with support from the Mayor of London. He aim is to benefit ten ethnically diverse mid-level professionals over the next year, who are committed to developing an inclusive leadership style. As well as being matched with their own leading industry mentor, each participant will also be paired with a new entrant mentee from Film London’s Equal Access Network.


The programme is supported by Working Title Films and will comprise of group coaching, training, mentoring and networking from top industry speakers from across Film and TV, including: 

Waqas Ali, production HR (UK and EMEA) at Netflix, Daniel Battsek, director Film4, Mia Bays, director, BFI Film Fund, Rose Garnett, Director BBC Film, Ian George, managing director, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Melanie Hoyes, industry inclusion executive, BFI, Tejinder Jouhal, director of marketing & distribution, Hanway Films, Saurabh Kakkar, head of comedy development, Big Talk Productions, Nahrein Kemp, creative diversity partner, ITV, Krishnendu Majumdar, chair of BAFTA, John McVay, OBE chief executive, Pact, Sara Putt, MD Sara Putt Associates, Ade Rawcliffe, group director of diversity and inclusion, ITV, Ben Roberts, CEO BFI, Frances Trought, Founder, Everything D&I, Jane Turton, CEO All3Media. 


The ten selected participants for Breaking The Glass Ceiling are:

  • Anthony Andrews (co-founder of We Are Parable - content & events producer)
  • Ameenah Ayub Allen (feature film producer)
  • Ross Bolidai (documentary film director)
  • Ros Bomford (factual/factual entertainment development producer)
  • Charlotte Cheung (international senior sales manager, STX International)
  • Hussain Casey-Ahmed (production executive, Disney+)
  • Pamela Drameh (senior international technical manager, STX International)
  • Susan Kulkarni (costume designer, theatre, film & TV)
  • Paida Mutonono (head of development, Lammas Park) 
  • Khurrum M. Sultan (drama & documentary director, CH4/ITV)


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London-based film producer Yaw Basoah was mentored by Small Axe director Steve McQueen as part of Breaking the Glass Ceiling in 2019. Yaw said:  “The team managing the initiative have put together a fantastic learning program with informative modules, incredible access to industry figures and most important of all a brilliant cohort which has encouraged not only peer-to-peer learning and support but the formation of a network of talented industry executives with the ability and desire to work together to lead the industry for years to come.”


Adrian Wootton OBE, chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “The participants of Breaking the Glass Ceiling have been selected from such a high calibre of talent that reflects the diverse communities of London and our commitments to inclusion in our industry. 


“Two years ago, this successful pilot programme supported ten mid-level professionals’ development in the Film and TV industry and we’re delighted to welcome some of those participants back to share their expertise with the 2021/22 cohort. The cyclical nature of Breaking the Glass Ceiling both creates and sustains a long-term, positive effect on the industry, investing in the potential of future senior leaders of a dynamic and diverse creative work force.”


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