UK BAFTAs now require diversity "targets"
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« on: October 09, 2019, 10:41:13 am »

The BAFTAs now require diversity "targets" (aka QUOTAS) in order to be considered to be nominated for an award. 

The new rules apply to the production starting in 2020 and the cast in 2021. 

Historical shows, such as Downton Abbey will have to have 20% or more of ethnic and racial minorities in the main and regular cast, even it its historically incorrect.  Modern setting shows will required higher diversity quotas.

The BBC has had the 35% rule since Tony Blair upped it from 30% about 15 years ago. 

Not surprisingly, these quotas do not reflect the diversity figures of the UK population.   The BBC rule is about 3 times the population figures, for example.



The BAFTAs are the UK's version of the Oscars, Emmys, gaming awards, etc, etc, rolled into 1.
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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2019, 02:50:43 am »

The new rules apply to the production starting in 2020 and the cast in 2021. 

Historical shows, such as Downton Abbey will have to have 20% or more of ethnic and racial minorities in the main and regular cast, even it its historically incorrect.  Modern setting shows will required higher diversity quotas.

There are many ways to meet the criteria - You must meet 2 of four standards:

On-screen cast and storyline
Production crew
Access to the industry
Exhibition and distribution

So Downton Abbey doesn't have to meet the cast criteria at all. It will almost certainly qualify by meeting its other criteria with little to no effort at all, if not by default.

Even the daily mail reports this. Well done for misrepresenting the issue entirely.
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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2019, 08:21:40 am »

The diversity figures for historical shows is far higher than the population, of say Downton Abbey's setting.    It requires a lie. 

Stuff set in modern day also require a far higher portion of ethnic and racial minorities than we see in the UK population.  Even a show set in an all boys school (think opposite of FACTS OF LIFE) would need to have half the main cast be female.

Regardless of which of the 4 categories you look at, it's based on anti white discrimination, because it doesn't reflect the UK population, as it claims.

Its like how BEING HUMAN had to be recast, even though the pilot episode was a hit, because it ran afoul of the diversity rule for the BBC.  It's nearly impossible to find the original pilot episode because it wasn't diverse enough.
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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2019, 09:00:18 am »

The diversity figures for historical shows is far higher than the population, of say Downton Abbey's setting.    It requires a lie.

Stuff set in modern day also require a far higher portion of ethnic and racial minorities than we see in the UK population.  Even a show set in an all boys school (think opposite of FACTS OF LIFE) would need to have half the main cast be female.

Firstly, it would need to meet that criteria only if it wanted to be considered for a BAFTA. It doesn't 'have to' do anything.

Secondly, to repeat my first point, the specific diversity of cast requirement is one of 4 standards. To qualify, a show has to meet 2 of those standards. If you're really so precious about how accurate the historical race or gender representation is in your BAFTA nominees, fear not! They can qualify by meeting 2 of the other standards.

Regardless of which of the 4 categories you look at, it's based on anti white discrimination, because it doesn't reflect the UK population, as it claims.

I can't find a single post, thread, mention, even slight nod or a wink that suggests these diversity targets are supposed to reflect the make up of the UK population. It does say it attempts to encourage those in the industry to be more inclusive and representative - though it does NOT say that it should represent the racial or gender make-up of the UK. As for discrimination of white people in the film or TV industry, i think you'll be hard pressed to find evidence to support that claim. I've certainly never heard it mentioned.

Its like how BEING HUMAN had to be recast, even though the pilot episode was a hit, because it ran afoul of the diversity rule for the BBC.  It's nearly impossible to find the original pilot episode because it wasn't diverse enough.

I can't speak for the pilot, but after watching the re-cast version (though its been a while), It turned out great. I understand you might like the previous version better but i'd argue your particular view on the matter might be interfering with your enjoyment of a genuinely funny show, though if i remember rightly it went down hill after a season or 2.
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