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08 November 2018

WFTV joins with industry groups and individuals calling for tax breaks for more diverse productions

WFTV has signed an Open Letter calling for the introduction of a Representation Tax Relief to increase the employment of women, disabled people and people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds behind the camera in the British film and television industries. The initiative aims to address the on-going imbalance in employment behind the scenes.

A representation tax relief would give UK film and television productions tax relief if they meet three of the four following criteria:

1 – The director is a woman and/or disabled and/or from a BAME background.
2 – The writer is a woman and/or disabled and/or from a BAME background.
3 – The director of photography is a woman and/or disabled and/or from a BAME background.
4 – 50% of staff spend behind the camera is on female staff, or 14% on BAME staff, or 18% on disabled staff.

The Open Letter, which was published in the Guardian and delivered to Downing Street by Lenny Henry, Meera Syal, Ade Adepitan and others, was signed by 80 individuals and organisations including Gurinder Chadha, Gemma Chan, Alesha Dixon, Emma Thompson and Jodie Whittaker.

Read the letter in full here.