Category: Press

  • TriForce Launch ‘One-Stop’ Diversity & Inclusion Support Service

    The team behind TriForce Creative Network have launched a new support service called Dandi. Specifically created for the arts and entertainment industry, the service will help companies and organisations diversify their workforce and reach out to a broader range of talent- on and off screen. Dandi will also offer an industry recognized ‘stamp of approval’ which will be especially useful to production companies looking to show their commitment to broadcasters’ diversity targets.

    A ‘bolt on’ diversity and inclusion department for organisations, the services offered by Dandi will be available to a broad range of companies, including broadcasters, production companies, distributors, theatres and agents. Dandi provides a bespoke service that covers consultancy, recruitment support, organising networking events, as well as offering support on bigger talent development initiatives.

    Dandi is not about creating another training scheme or initiative, but about making it easy for the industry to access diverse talent, at all levels, without increasing the time and resource pressures so inherent in our industry.

    #NoMoreExcuses

    Fraser Ayres, CEO of Dandi and TriForce Creative Network, explained As TriForce Creative Network weve been at the forefront of developing and nurturing diverse and inclusive talent for 15 years. Dandi has been created to offer a one stop shop for organisations to connect with talent from across the UK. By signing up to Dandi, organisations will be helping to support the vital work we do to open up opportunities in the industry to talent from all walks of life.

    Proceeds from the organisation will support the work TriForce do to improve access into the industry – including programmes such as MonologueSlam UK, the TriForce Short Film Festival and WriterSlam.

    Dandi was launched today at the Media Production Show at Olympia, as part of the TriForce Creative Network’s seminar on alternative routes into the industry. Speakers included Ade Rawcliffe, (Head of Diversity for ITV Commissioning), Miranda Wayland, (Diversity Lead, BBC Studios) and Fraser Ayres, CEO of TriForce Creative Network.

    Dandi has been widely welcomed by the industry as a “brilliant and necessary” service.

    I have been waiting for a talent service like Dandi – in a world where finally diversity is being taken seriously, it will be invaluable to be able to tap into the expertise and relationships TCN has.

    Samantha Lawrence – MD, Monkey Kingdom (a division of NBC Universal)

    The TCN have been nurturing and supporting diverse talent for many years. Dandi helps pull together their talented network in one place for production companies to utilise with ease. It’s a great help in crewing up and addressing on and off-screen diversity and making sure production companies can meet broadcasters D&I targets.

    Anjani Patel – Head of Diversity, PACT

    I regularly see great projects from companies that are struggling to fulfil ITV’s Social Partnership requirements on diversity. With 15 years of the TCN’s talent development work behind it, Dandi is exactly the support they need. Their mark of approval shows me that production companies are serious about inclusion and are actively doing something about it, which gives me confidence they’ll be able to hit those targets. 

    Asif Zubairy – Commissioning Editor, Comedy and Entertainment, ITV

    I’ve seen first-hand the tangible outcomes The TCN have generated over the past 15 years and the impact it’s had on our industry – both on and off screen. I love the fact that they are now launching Dandi off the back of the strong foundations they’ve already laid down. I’m sure it will be another great step towards making our industry a more inclusive and diverse place. It has my 100% backing.

    Kwadjo Dajan – Co-Founder and Creative Director, Drama, Sugar Films

    When presented with projects that don’t hit our vital D&I targets, there is now a place I can direct production companies to that can effectively and tangibly solve their issues. If I see the Dandi mark, I know they are truly committed to an inclusive workforce.

    Saskia Schuster, Comedy Controller, ITV

    For more information on Dandi and the support they offer, the team have launched a new website – dandi.org.uk.

    For more details on Dandi – please go to dandi.org.uk

  • #SIDK nominated for Creative Diversity Network Award!

    Creative Diversity Network bring together organisations who employ and/or make programmes across the UK television industry to promote, celebrate and share good practice around the diversity agenda. They seek to engage and empower the industry to drive change, and understand the business case for wider representation and inclusion.

    Each year the CDN host awards to celebrate game changers in the industry who are striving ahead and making change.

    We’re excited to announce that TriForce Productions ITV2 panel show with a comedy twist ‘Sorry I Didn’t Know’ has been nominated for Best Entertainment Programme. Two teams of comedians (Chizzy Akudolu, Jo Martin, Jimmy James Jones, Toby Williams, Paul Chowdhry, Judi Love) took viewers on a tour of black history across the globe in a laugh out loud 30 minute special.

    Click here to find out more about the awards and the other nominees.

    The winners of the CDN awards will be announced on the 12 June.

    Current members of the CDN are BAFTA, BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5/Viacom, Creative Skillset, PACT, ITN, ITV, Media Trust, S4C, Sky and Turner Broadcasting.

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  • TCN in Screenwriting Goldmine Newsletter

    Screenwriting Goldmine’s December newsletter has a piece on TriForce Productions and an interview with Minnie Ayres, COO of TriForce Creative Network and Executive Producer of TriForce Productions’ first programme Sorry, I Didn’t Know.

    Screenwriting Goldmine’s Newsletter

  • Channel 4 teams up with MonologueSlam!

    We’re very excited to announce that Channel 4 are now officially supporting MonologueSlam UK! Recognising that traditional routes into the industry are becoming more expensive and less accessible, Channel 4 are teaming up with us to find new acting talent across the country.

    Please see the press release below for full details!

    CHANNEL 4 TO PARTNER WITH TRIFORCE CREATIVE NETWORK TO SUPPORT DIVERSE TALENT

    More than 20 actors will have the opportunity to showcase their talents and potentially make their big break into acting

    Thursday 27 October 2016: Channel 4 is partnering with TriForce Creative Network’s  MonologueSlam UK to support new acting talent from all backgrounds.

    The MonologueSlam UK showcase gives actors across the country the chance to perform in front of a panel of industry judges, including the Channel 4 Drama Commissioning Team.  The most promising talent will be invited to the national final on December 12th where Channel 4 will select the top 10 and explore ways to champion their careers with Channel 4 Drama.

    Fraser Ayres, co-founder, TriForce Creative Network, says; “We believe that all talent should be nurtured regardless of a performer’s background or circumstance.  MonologueSlam uncovers the freshest untapped talent, and we’re delighted that Channel 4 is on board to make 2016 our biggest year yet.”

    Ramy El-Bergamy, Channel 4 On Screen Diversity Executive, says;  “Increasing diversity both on screen and off is hugely important to Channel 4 – we’re excited to be partnering with TriForce Creative Network on their MonologueSlam UK programme to tackle the issue of on screen diversity head on. The beauty of MonologueSlam UK is that gender, race, colour, sexuality and social background don’t come into it, it’s purely down to talent and it gives us direct access to a hugely diverse pool of talent.”

    MonologueSlam UK is a nationwide, professional actors’ showcase culminating in a national final in December at Theatre Royal Stratford East. It is the only showcase supported by Spotlight and Equity, and is open to all. After a rigorous audition process for each show, 22 actors are given the opportunity to perform in front of a select audience including the industry panel.

    The overall winner of each regional heat throughout the year then goes on to perform at the national final in December, where the champion is crowned. TriForce has produced a hugely accessible event for all performers, with an ethos of inclusion.

    Previous talent uncovered by the event includes Chizzy Akudolu who went on to star in Holby City as well as Sorry, I Didn’t Know, the comedy panel show produced by TriForce Productions which takes viewers on a tour of black history across the globe.

    Channel 4’s support also allows TriForce to offer travel expenses for performers taking part in the national final for the first time.

    Actors can visit http://monologueslamuk.com/ for more information on how to get involved.

    Please see below for upcoming events:

    MonologueSlam UK at Theatre Royal Stratford East

    Mon 31st October 2016

    C4 judges: Manpreet Dosanjh and Lisa Walters

    MonologueSlam UK at Mercury Theatre, Colchester

    Mon 7th November 2016

    C4 judges: Manpreet Dosanjh and Lisa Walters

    MonologueSlam UK National Final at Theatre Royal Stratford East

    Mon 12th December 2016

    C4 judges: Manpreet Dosanjh and Lisa Walters

  • #SIDK in Broadcast!

    Our CEO Fraser Ayres is in Broadcast Online this week, talking about our new show on ITV2, Sorry I Didn’t Know and why it’s refreshing to see a commercial broadcaster lead the way in diversifying content.

    What’s interesting in ITV’s approach is that instead of insisting they know what audiences want, they reached out to ‘fresh’ voices to find out what different demographics actually want to see on screen – and most importantly, gave them a broadcast platform.

    To read Fraser’s article in full, click here.

    Sorry, I Didn’t Know airs on Thursday 3 November on ITV2 at 8.30pm

  • TriForce Productions on ITV2!

    TriForce Productions first show Sorry, I Didn’t Know on ITV2

    Thursday 3rd November 2016 – 8.30pm ITV2

    We are excited to announce TriForce Productions will debut with TV programme Sorry, I Didn’t Know, part of the returning ITV2 Fresh season this autumn.  ITV2 returns with its successful season of brand new comedy and entertainment singles courtesy of BAME talent both on and off the screen.

    Following on from the success of last year’s specials, ITV2 Fresh unveils four brand new 30-minute singles, which showcase the breadth of talent and will air in the run up to the MOBO Awards on ITV2.

    The season has been commissioned by Entertainment Commissioning Editor Asif Zubairy and Head of Digital Channels Rosemary Newall.

    This year sees one-off specials from TriForce Productions, Sugar Films, Purple Geko Productions and Transparent Television covering a host of genres from mockumentary to scripted comedy.

    Rosemary Newell said: “This year’s Fresh season is the perfect opportunity to bring some fantastic new comedy and entertainment to our viewers from some exceptionally talented stars of the future.”

    Asif Zubairy said:  “We have four incredibly funny, edgy and innovative comedy and entertainment shows and are excited to be bringing these to the ITV audience.  I’m thrilled that we are continuing our strong ties with BAME talent and offer a much-deserved platform for talent both on and off the screen.”

    Sorry, I Didn’t Know is a classic panel show with a twist and is hosted by Jimmy Akingbola.

    Made by TriForce Productions, two teams of comedians (Chizzy Akudolu, Jo Martin, Jimmy James Jones, Toby Williams, Paul Chowdhry, Judi Love) will take viewers on a tour of black history across the globe.  Insightful, educational. bold, tongue-in-cheek and above all very funny, the teams will battle over four rounds as they unveil some interesting historical facts. 

    Fraser and Minnie Ayres, Triforce Productions, said:  “We’re incredibly excited to be working with ITV2 to bring a fresh look to the comedy panel show format with Sorry, I Didn’t Know. Their support for new production companies and their commitment to increasing access and diversity is truly pioneering.”

    So tune into ITV2 on Thursday 3rd November at 8.30pm to catch Sorry I Didn’t Know!


    Sorry, I Didn’t Know

    #SIDK

    TriForce Productions, 2016

  • Minnie Ayres in Broadcast

    COO Minnie Ayres details five actionable steps to greater gender equality in an article for Broadcast discussing the on-screen gender gap.

    Read the full article here.

  • Diversity: The Force Awakens

    Our co-founder Fraser Ayres is featured in the Huffington Post today, talking about the responsibility of industry awards to reflect the diversity of today’s society, and the impact of John Boyega’s Rising Star Award at the BAFTA’s. You can check out his article below:

    Diversity: The Force Awakens

  • Fraser Ayres in Broadcast

    CEO Fraser Ayres has responded to the #OscarsSoWhite debate with a piece in Broadcast magazine looking at what we can expect for our own TV awards in 2016.

    Read the full article here: https://thetcn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Broadcastnow-Thursday-28-January-2016.pdf

  • Adam Crozier on working with TriForce

    ITV Chief Exec Adam Crozier says that there’s still a way to go before we can declare victory on making TV more diverse.

    “If this is a 5 day test match we’re halfway through the first morning” Crozier told the audience at Channel 4’s diversity conference this week.

    He acknowledge the importance of partnerships and talked about widening the recruitment pool by using organisation like TriForce Creative Network.

    TriForce are working with ITV on a range of initiatives and have received support from them for our new WriterSlam programme. We think it’s great that such a large commercial broadcaster are thinking outside the box when it comes to building an inclusive industry, both on and off screen.

    Click here to access the Broadcast article.

  • Minnie Crowe in The Guardian

    The Guardian’s predictions for the media industry in 2016 featured COO Minnie Crowe’s thoughts on how broadcasters and production companies can continue to address the diversity challenge both on and off screen in 2016.

    Check out the article online here.

  • The TCN & David Oyelowo in the Radio Times

    After last night’s fantastic MonologueSlam LA Edition, we’re very excited to be in the Radio Times this morning, in an article by our wonderful patron David Oyelowo!

    Whilst looking at the exodus of diverse talent to the US, David talks about the importance of organisations who work to promote inclusivity.

    “The work of organisations like TriForce Creative Network, of which I am now a patron, is invaluable. TriForce gives people from diverse backgrounds a place and forum to grow, builds solidarity and a platform to be heard, and this is crucial.”

    You can read the full article here.