Nominees announced for the Creative Diversity Network (CDN) Diversity Awards 2011

This year's nominations show what a creative opportunity diversity can offer and I'm pleased to see the progress we've made as an industry to improve diversity on and off our screens."Mark Thompson, BBC Director General and Chair of the CDN
Date: 24.11.2011     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.01
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With less than two weeks to go until the CDN Diversity Awards 2011, the shortlists in each of the ten categories have been finalised.

The awards will be presented at MediaCityUK, Salford for the first time on Tuesday 6th December. The awards ceremony will be hosted by Tameka Epsom, from EastEnders, and Cherylee Houston from Coronation Street - and Mark Thompson, BBC Director General and Chair of the CDN will be speaking. On the night, there will also be a range of performances celebrating the creativity and diversity in the broadcasting industry.

Mark Thompson said: “This year's nominations show what a creative opportunity diversity can offer and I'm pleased to see the progress we've made as an industry to improve diversity on and off our screens."

The finalists in each category are:

Best Breakthrough Talent

  • Levi David Addai - Writer of Micah, broadcast on Channel 4 in July 2011, part of Channel 4's Coming Up season. This was Levi's first network television transmission
  • Dr Kevin Fong - presenter on Horizon: How To Mend A Broken Heart and a consultant anaesthetist and lecturer in physiology at University College London
  • Chris Slater - actor from Newcastle Upon Tyne with cerebral palsy who plays the character of Frank in the CBBC drama Tracy Beaker Returns

Radio Times Drama Award

  • Stolen (Open Door Films for BBC One)
  • The Shadow Line (Company Pictures for BBC Two)
  • Luther (BBC One)
  • Misfits (Clerkenwell Films for E4)

Best Comedy & Entertainment Programme

  • Meera Syal’s Little Cracker (Renegade Pictures for Sky 1 HD)
  • Alesha’s Street Dance Stars (CBBC)
  • Phone Shop (Talkback Thames for Channel 4)

Best Factual Programme

  • Life Of Rhyme (Acme Films/Lemonade Money for C4)
  • Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed (Panorama, BBC)
  • Sri Lanka's Killing Fields (ITN for C4)

Best Nations & Regions Portrayal

  • Fish Town (Mentorn Media for Sky Atlantic HD)
  • This Is England (Warp Films for Channel 4)
  • Shameless (Company Pictures for Channel 4)

Diversity Innovation Award

  • Battlefront (Raw Television for Channel 4)
  • Diversity: Out Of The Box (Attic Media for BBC)
  • The Rap Beatbox Choir (Fresh One Productions for Channel 4)

Community Engagement Award

  • Media Trust - helping charities and communities deploy the power of media, harnessing the skills of the industry and providing communications skills and resources. Media Trust works with the wider community through various channels including youth media, to increase the diversity of talent and creative content entering broadcasting; volunteering to provide training opportunities for media professionals; and an ‘Untold Stories’ initiative where expert film makers work with charities to tell their incredible stories through film.
  • Company Pictures, Skins – TV programme Skins portrayed a gang of British youths whose characters were all created by listening to young people. Through their work in the community, Skins has engaged with young people by holding open auditions for actors and retreats for new writers, giving them a genuine opportunity to work in mainstream network television. For this fifth series, the team behind Skins asked for young people to write in and share their experiences, demonstrating a commitment to finding and nurturing young voices as well as developing authenticity on screen.
  • First Light Films – an organisation that helps young people from all backgrounds develop their skills, talent, creativity, confidence and entrepreneurial capabilities by providing opportunities to work together on youth-led digital media projects with industry professionals, bridging the gap between young people and entry programmes into film and TV.

CDN News Award

  • Sky News & Media Trust
  • ITV News
  • BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme

Company of the Year Award

  • Fresh One
  • Nine Lives
  • Endemol

The CDN Fellowship – to be announced on the night

An award for an individual, company or organisation who has demonstrated a sustained, long-term, and significant commitment to diversity but who does not have diversity as their core role.

For more information, visit the CDN website.

Notes to Editors

The Creative Diversity Network (CDN) - originally called the Cultural Diversity Network and renamed in 2011 - is an association of Britain's leading broadcasters and affiliated organisations, originally formed in 2000, to improve the representation of ethnic minorities in television both on screen and behind the camera. In the past two to three years it has expanded its remit to acknowledge and include broader diversity, focusing work on areas such as disability, gender, and age. Its member bodies work collaboratively to share expertise, resources and models of good practice.

The BBC took over as Chair of the CDN from Channel 4 in January 2011.

The CDN steering group is made up of BBC, Channel 4, S4C, ITV, ITN, Sky, Pact, BAFTA, MTV, Turner Broadcasting and Media Trust.

The first CDN Awards took place in 2009.