Mipcom Cannes Diversify TV Awards announces nominations and host

Mumbai: RX France (formerly Reed Midem) has announced the nominations and host for the sixth Mipcom Cannes Diversify TV Awards.

The awards celebrate, champion and promote diversity and inclusion through exemplary representation in television series and entertainment programmes internationally. A record 190 submissions were received this year from 27 countries. 10 winners will be awarded.

Billed as ‘the mother of all entertainment content markets,’ the 38th International Co-Production & Entertainment Content Market (17-20 October) is set to welcome over 10,000 delegates from 96 countries. The ceremony, now firmly established as a highlight of the conference programme, will this year be hosted by international anchor and diversity advocate Femi Oke and staged on 19 October 2022 in the Palais des Festivals’ Grand Auditorium.

Over four decades, Oke has reported, produced and presented for broadcasters including CNN International, Sky, National Geographic, NPR and the BBC, and been a regular moderator at global forums and conferences, facilitating on behalf of the United Nations, World Bank, and European Commission. Currently host of The Stream on Al Jazeera English, Oke is also the co-founder of Moderate The Panel, an agency dedicated to sourcing diverse event hosts.

The nominations were reached by a short list jury composed of leading professionals committed to diversity and inclusion. The winning programmes in each category will again be chosen by a final round jury made up of advocacy organisations and specialised publications that campaign for equality and inclusion, including The Anne Frank Trust, APF France handicap, Fondation Mozaïk, Gadim, GLAAD, the Minority Rights Group, ODA, Scope and Stonewall. 

Mipcom Cannes, MipJunior director Lucy Smith said, "Our approach with DiversifyTV and the awards has been to elevate those already making an impact to inspire our industry internationally. If nominated, that impact has been recognised not only by peers but by specialists and advocacy groups in the diversity and inclusion area, an extraordinary and meaningful accolade that also stands as an example of what’s possible in TV. I wish all the nominees the very best of luck for what will be an inspirational event."

The awards are organised in collaboration with founding partner DiversifyTV, and in association with founding presenting partners A+E Networks & Netflix, and returning awards partners Telefilm Canada, Canada Media Fund and All3Media International and D.I.M.E.S., among other supporting partner companies and organisations.

The nominations are: 

Representation of Race and Ethnicity - Scripted

Bangla - The Series

Original Broadcaster: RAI Fiction

Distributor: Fandango

Produced by: Fandango in collaboration with RAI Fiction

Che Peruvian ("Che Peruano")

Original Broadcaster: Personal (Argentina), Flixxo

Distributor: Flixxo

Produced by: Ernesto Rowe & Niko Chiesa / TeveLab

Pour toi Flora

Original Broadcaster: Radio-Canada

Distributor: Attraction Distribution

Produced by: Nish Media

Representation of Race and Ethnicity – Non-Scripted

Our African Roots

Original Broadcaster: SBS Australia

Distributor: Abacus Media Rights

Produced by: Chemical Media

Race Around Britain

Original Broadcaster: YouTube Originals

Distributor: YouTube Originals

Produced by: Expectation, Munz Made It


Original Broadcaster: Amazon Prime Video

Distributor: LADbible Group

Produced by: LADbible Group Australia

Representation of LGBTQIA+ - Scripted


Original Broadcaster: Netflix

Distributor: Netflix

Produced by: A See-Saw Films Production for Netflix


Original Broadcaster: TF1

Distributor: Newen Connect

Produced by: And So On Films

Sort Of

Original Broadcaster: CBC/HBO Max

Distributor: Abacus Media Rights, Sphere Media Distribution

Produced by: Sphere Media Toronto (Formerly Sienna Films)

Representation of LGBTQIA+ - Non-Scripted

Freddie Mercury: The Final Act

Original Broadcaster: BBC Two

Distributor: BBC Studios

Produced by: Rogan Productions

LA (A Queer History)

Original Broadcaster: PBS

Distributor: PBS, A+E

Produced by: L.A. Queer History Inc x 4Mat Factory

Queens To The Rescue

Original Broadcaster: ATRESplayer PREMIUM

Distributor: Atresmedia Televisión

Produced by: Atresmedia Televisión with the collaboration of Estudios Buendia 

Representation of Disability - Scripted

Audrey's Back

Original Broadcaster: Quebecor/Club Illico

Distributor: Beta Film

Produced by: Pixcom in collaboration with Quebecor Content


Original Broadcaster: CBBC and BBC iPlayer

Distributor: NBCUniversal Global Distribution

Produced by: Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group


Original Broadcaster: Kan 11

Distributor: Armoza Formats

Produced by: Eight Productions

Representation of Disability – Non-Scripted

Ellie Simmonds: A World Without Dwarfism

Original Broadcaster: BBC One

Distributor: Keshet International

Produced by: Flicker Productions


Original Broadcaster: RTÉ

Distributor: RTÉ Programme Sales

Produced by: Firebrand Productions

We Don't Play Dolly

Original Broadcaster: Mediacorp Singapore

Distributor: Mediacorp

Produced by: The Moving Visuals Co.

Representation of Diversity in Kids Programming - Pre-school

CBeebies Presentation

Original Broadcaster: CBeebies and BBC iPlayer

Distributor: BBC

Produced by: BBC

Lili & Lola

Original Broadcaster: Oznoz

Distributor: Big Bad Boo Studios

Produced by: Big Bad Boo Studios

Proud To Be Me

Original Broadcaster: CBC

Distributor: CBC

Produced by: CBC

Representation of Diversity in Kids Programming - Older Children

First Day

Original Broadcaster: Hulu, ABC ME

Distributor: Australian Children's Television Foundation

Produced by: Epic Films in association with KOJO Studios

Jamie Johnson Series 6 - Episode 8 - 'The Right Thing'

Original Broadcaster: BBC

Distributor: BBC Studios

Produced by: Short Form Film

Onyx Family Dinner

Original Broadcaster: YouTube Originals

Distributor: YouTube Originals

Produced by: pocket.watch

Premio MIP Cancun (New for 2022 in partnership with MIP Cancun)

Because Victoria

Original Broadcaster: Amazon Prime Video

Distributor: VIS

Produced by: VIS, Oficina Burman

Che Peruvian ("Che Peruano")

Original Broadcaster: Personal (Argentina), Flixxo

Distributor: Flixxo

Produced by: Ernesto Rowe and Niko Chiesa / TeveLab

Grandes Mujeres Latinoamericanas (“Great Latin American Women”)

Original Broadcaster: YouTube/BILLIKEN

Distributor: Billiken

Produced by: Billiken, NutsMedia

The recipient(s) of the new Behind The Scenes Impact Award will also be announced at the event.


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