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Cicelia Deane

Editorial and Commissioning Executive (current)
Series Producer & Production Consultant (Before being a leader)

Cicelia has 20 years of experience making award winning & talked about Factual, Entertainment, Reality & Observational documentary programming for peak and daytime linear television and digital platforms. She was an RTS and BAFTA-nominated series producer, series editor and production consultant with previous credits including BBC3’s The Rap Game (S1-3), MTV’s Yo! MTV Raps (S2), BBC 1’s Sort Out Your Life in 7 Days (s1). The early days of her career saw her work on the first ever series of Come Dine With Me! Cicelia is now the editorial lead for the BET brand in the UK. Having progressed from her successful freelance producing career, Cicelia joined Paramount in August 2021, inheriting a slate of recently greenlit commissions for BET UK, which she oversaw as Commissioning Executive and went on to expand the slate by developing and sourcing more original content for BET in the UK. This was the first time global brand BET had allocated a budget to UK-focused commissions. Cicelia has established strong third-party partnerships and content opportunities and collaborated with on-and off-screen talent to bring locally produced content to British audiences growing the BET UK brand on its home content platforms; My5, the BET International YouTube Page and Sky’s VOD platform as well as across the brands UK focused socials channels.

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Being a Breakthrough Leader has been instrumental to my career progression. Being part of a such a supportive cohort of delegates has been fantastic and inspiring. It's so important to feel supported and and that you have a trusted and safe space when progressing up the ladder as a person of colour.

Dr Mena Fombo is a global speaker, diversity and inclusion facilitator, coach and consultant. She is the co founder of Blak Wave Productions, an indie TV/Film company where she recently directed short doc Home Carnival Queen for the BBC. She is the founder and director of Black Girl Convention, the South West’s largest event for women and girls of African