Lenny Henry has spoken openly that the percentage of BAME people in the creative industries is “appalling”. Around 6% of people working in the media industry as a whole are from ethnic minorities as opposed to 14% in the UK population as a whole. Latimer know that the talent is out there. For the last four years, we have co-created campaigns predominantly with BAME Talent for brands, third sector and broadcast.
2014 was a brilliant year for new BAME talent joining our network and collaborating with us on a range of campaigns; Stormzy, a charismatic Grime artist gave a powerful spoken-word performance to young people in the Borough that he grew up in for LevelUP!. He then went on to win a MOBO, Headline Latimer Live, star on Later with Jools Holland and has been tipped to as one of the key Sound of 2015.
South London born actor Arnold Oceng stared in a comedy role highlighting sexual health issues for young people with British R&B artists Tanika, uk rapper Youngs Teflon, he then went on to take Toronto Film Festival by storm after staring alongside Reece Witherspoon in The Good Lie touring LA.
We took 10 BAME YouTube talent to Edinburgh TV Festival, widely considered the must-attend event for anyone working in TV. We organised one-to-one meetings for the young people with key decision makers in the industry to support the skills to enable them to cross over into mainstream entertainment.
Our first live music event, Latimer Live was a great success for the network. Held at Shapes in Hackney, we brought together some of the hottest urban artists in to perform together infront of 800 people.
For the last four years we’re run Latimer Talks. In 2015 we had incredible talent both attend and speak – Ashley Walters, Femi Oyeniran, David Ajala, Percelle Ascot, Jovian Wade and Dee Kartier (Mandem on The Wall) Arnold J (A Squeezy) and Sebastian Thiel (UpShot Entertainment) Mariette Immaculate and Priya Singh to name just a few contributors.
We’ve had some remarkable achievements within our talent network and but it’s not enough! We pledge to create innovative campaigns across our three departments, Digital, Productions and Insights, highlighting exciting new BAME talent in-front of and behind the camera.
Special thanks to key industry thought-leaders such as Penny Woolcock, Katie Swinden and supporting brands; The British Council, Sky Arts, ITV, The Forward Foundation, The Edinburgh Network, Tiger Aspect, NESTA, Nominet Trust, Camden Collective, Lambeth Council, Southwark Council, The BFI, Ideas Tap, Creative Access and all the brilliant individuals within these brands who go beyond expectations to create change.