Maria Kyriacou, president, ViacomCBS Networks U.K. & Australia has announced a “no diversity, no commission” content policy for the United Kingdom.
Kyriacou also has responsibility for Australia & New Zealand, encompassing Network 10, MTV and Nickelodeon.
“Society is now at an inflection point on the issue of systemic racism and as individuals, as a company, we all have a part to play in righting centuries of wrongs,” she said.
“For too long the TV industry has been a relative closed shop and if we are to be of continued relevance to the audiences that we serve, then this must change. Diversity and inclusion is a core company value, yet hearing from our employees over the course of the past few weeks, we know that we can and we must do more to increase representation at all levels. Our commitment to this cannot be overstated.”
The policy applies to both on-screen and behind the scenes for Channel 5 and Pay TV in the UK.
ViacomCBS is creating a new position within its commissioning team that is responsible for identifying and developing diverse talent on and off-screen, at all levels. This role will help launch and run a ‘New Faces, New Voices’ diverse contributors search to improve on-screen representation.