The TV Collective (TVC), in partnership with Fremantle and Indigo Talent, has revealed their 51 Breakthrough Leaders. 

Representing the very best talent, the selected Breakthrough Leaders were chosen from over 400 nominations made by industry peers from the world of TV, Media, and Entertainment in the UK. The group of middle to senior-level professionals from Black, Asian and Non-white backgrounds, have been highlighted as key future leaders that will help shape and redefine leadership in the TV industry and act as a proactive catalyst for positive change.

The 51 Breakthrough Leaders for 2021 include:

David P Davis who has produced over 200 hours’ worth of drama and is currently an Executive Producer for Bad Wolf where, as well as managing an active development slate, he executive produced the critically acclaimed show Industry for HBO and the BBC. David said: “It’s an honour to have been nominated as a Breakthrough Leader by Patrick Spence, it’s amazing to be in such talented and diverse company. I’m humbled and proud to see so many of us succeeding at the highest level of the industry and hope that we can open doors for many more to come.

Beya Kabelu who has recently begun working on a new true crime limited series for Channel 4, which is being produced by The Garden, and In June will be returning to Raw to work on another true crime limited series for Netflix. Beya said: “Being nominated as a breakthrough leader by luminaries such as Bart Layton and Amy Flanagan was humbling in itself, but to be chosen has been a career highlight. It means that I am recognised and that my potential is believed. I’m excited to see what opportunities for growth, development and exposure this will bring. And with the TV Collective backing me, and Jay Hunt signed up as my mentor, I truly believe this will be my year.”

Over the course of the year, the 51 Breakthrough Leaders will be partnered with a leading industry figure of their choice, who will provide mentorship, career guidance, and support with extending the leader’s contacts and raising their profile.

Mentors include Henry Blake (Freelance); Georgia Brown (Director European Originals, Amazon); Lorna Clarke (Controller of Pop, BBC); Ros Coward (Executive Producer, Fremantle UK); Nana Hughes (Head of Scripted Comedy, ITV); Jay Hunt (Creative Director, Europe, Apple); Tom McDonald (Director of Factual, BBC Studios); Alisa Pomeroy (Senior Commissioning Editor, Factual, Channel 4); Ade Rawcliffe (Director of Diversity & Inclusion, ITV); Natalie Rose (Freelance); Fatima Salaria (Managing Director, Naked); Luke Seraphin (Head of PR, Drama & Factual, Sky); Christian Vesper (President, Global Drama, Fremantle); Karl Warner (Controller, E4) and Pat Younge (Managing Director, Cardiff Productions).

The Breakthrough Leaders will have a number of masterclasses delivered by top industry talent including Channel 5’s Ben Frow, BBC’s Fiona Campbell, Channel 4’s Alex Mahon, ITV’s Nana Hughes and Angela Jain as well as Netflix’s Kate Townsend and Anne Mensah. They will also have access to their choice of a leading industry coach from a team assembled by the programme’s co-creator, Remy Blumenfeld. Coaches include Audrey Cariro, Cahit Ali, Jedda Donnelly and Tamaan Wilkinson; who will work with the leaders to access their excellence, advance personal performance, and banish self-limiting beliefs.

Simone Pennant, MBE, Founder and Director of the TV Collective commented: “Our 51 leaders represent just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to amazing Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic talent that already exist in our industry – we had over 400 nominations to prove that. Our leaders were chosen because they had a clear idea of not only what they wanted to achieve but also how they can affect change. Having worked with them over the last few months I have been humbled and so inspired by what these talented individuals have to offer. I am really looking forward to the future impact on the industry they will all have”.

While the on-screen representation of people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds is improving, the latest figures released from the Creative Diversity Network show how these groups of people are seriously underrepresented in senior TV leadership jobs. Those working behind the camera in senior roles falls below 10%. Only 2.4% of production executives, 4.4% of series producers, 8.3% of heads of production and 9.3% of production managers identify as being from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background. The Breakthrough Leaders programme is particularly targeted at those working in these areas and ready to take their next big step in their career.


The full list of Breakthrough Leaders can be found here