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Dwayne Eaton

Assistant Commissioner for Entertainment at the BBC

I currently mentor five BAME-led indies who have been granted funding from the BBC’s Small Indie Fund along with giving support to numerous young tv professionals from diverse or disadvantaged backgrounds. I believe I’m on the cusp of taking my career to the next level where I can positively affect our industry, as well as help the next generation of TV professionals coming through. I believe this opportunity can help me take the next step in my career and fulfil my ambition to become a leader in the TV industry. This has been my aim since I started my career, but something others have told me would never happen due to my ethnicity and class.

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I would like to put myself forward, as I currently consider myself an aspiring future leader hoping to make a positive impact on the TV industry. I have over 12 years TV experience having worked in development, casting, directing, edit producing and now Commissioning.

Although I have mainstream tv experience, having worked on some of the countries biggest entertainment shows, my background and personal taste puts me in the underserved audience demographic. Since I moved in to Commissioning I have been on a mission to increase the amount of diverse shows being made and ensure all productions reflect the audience it serves.

I currently mentor five bame led indies who have been granted funding from the BBC’s Small Indie Fund along with giving support to numerous young tv professionals from diverse or disadvantage backgrounds. I believe I’m on the cusp of taking my career to the next level where I can positively affect our industry, as well as help the next generation of TV professionals coming through. I believe this opportunity can help me take the next step in my career and fulfill my ambition to become a leader in TV industry. This has been my aim since I started my career, but something others have told me would never happen due to my ethnicity and class.

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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


Dwayne’s mentor

Head of Youth & Digital, Channel 4