WFTV Event: Diversity: Disability Isn’t a Dirty Word

21st November 2019 18:30

Thursday 21 November 2019 | 18:30 – 20:30

St Anne’s Church | 55 Dean Street | Soho | W1D 6AF

**This event is BSL interpreted**

**Venue is wheelchair accessible – email – if you have any requests for reserved wheelchair seating/BSL interpreter**

Disability is currently the most under-represented minority group both on and off-screen and has been for many years.  This is finally being acknowledged and all of a sudden broadcasters, commissioners and production companies are starting to sit up and pay attention.  They may be talking the talk, but are they walking the walk… and what really needs to be done for change to happen?  WFTV meets a group of talented disabled industry professionals who give it to us straight – covering topics such as breaking through that glass ceiling, being the only disabled person in the room and what they want to see on the small screen and behind the camera.  Join us for an illuminating and inspiring no-holds-barred discussion!

Panel host Caroline O’Neill, Development Producer, Freelance

Caroline is a profoundly deaf Development Producer with over fifteen years in the television industry. She started in production working as a self-shooting Producer-Director across a wide range of programming including Bargain Hunt, The One Show and CBeebies Magic Hands; before switching to Development, where she now specialises in documentaries, popular factual and factual entertainment



Panellists include:-  Ruth Madeley, Actor.  Was BAFTA nominated in 2016 for her breakout role in BBC drama DON’T TAKE MY BABY. That same year, she was also named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit. In 2018 Ruth presented her documentary SPINA BIFIDA & ME for BBC Horizons. Ruth most recently starred in BBC/HBO limited series YEARS AND YEARS and Starz drama THE ROOK. Ruth has just finished filming Jack Thorne’s latest TV drama THE ACCIDENT for Channel 4/ Hulu and is currently filming epic new BBC studios series THE WATCH.




Julie Shaw, Commissioner, BBC Daytime & Early Peak. An award-winning programme maker who joined the BBC two years ago as a Commissioning Editor, her current slate of titles includes The Sheriffs Are Coming, Escape to the Country and Great British Menu for peak. In a career spanning 27 years, Julie worked across many popular factual and documentary series including Watchdog, Shop Well For Less, Loose Women, Tonight with Trevor McDonald and Dispatches.  She produced and directed ‘Living with Michael Jackson’, ITV’s award-winning documentary watched by 155 million viewers worldwide.



Kate Monaghan, Series Producer and Managing Director, Hey Sonny   

Kate started her TV life on children’s favourite Blue Peter as a researcher and was then headhunted to direct a half-hour documentary for Channel 4 as part of the New Shoots series for directors with a disability. Kate made her mark in the industry and became a Broadcast Hot Shot in 2010.

Seeing how difficult it was for media hopefuls, especially those with a disability, to gain entry into the industry, Kate set up Hey Sonny in 2007 and has been the key to its growth. Kate strives to promote inclusivity within the industry as well as creating awareness via Hey Sonny’s output of films.


This event is open to both WFTV members and non-members. Everyone Welcome! The venue has full and easy access for people using wheelchairs.

Non-members are able to book a ticket for a nominal fee of £5 – please click here to register

If you are not a member and would like to join, London membership costs just £100 + VAT per year, membership outside of the M25 costs £50 +VAT per year.

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