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Patrice Etienne

Co-Founder and Creative Director of Nuwave Pictures

Patrice Etienne is the Co- founder and creative director of Nuwave Pictures, who were announced one of ten ethnically diverse stand out indies alongside the likes of David Olusoga’s Uplands, Romesh Ranganathan’s Ranga Bee and Lenny Henry’s Douglas Road to officially partner with Channel 4 and The TV Collective on the Indie Accelerator

Patrice began his career in theatre as playwright and director working on various shows including; Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney’s; In The Red and Brown Water, Venus/Mars (Bush Theatre) and attending the Royal Central School Of Speech and Drama.

Patrice first ventured into drama as an actor on BBC One’s multi-award winning children’s show; Byker Grove. He then went on to work behind the scenes shadowing the producers, directors & writing team; and the storyline department on C4’s Hollyoaks.

Patrice has previously worked for; BBC One, CBBC, BBC Africa, Channel 4 Drama & Channel 4 current affairs in creating factual and scripted content alike.

Patrice also works as a Progression Coach helping young people discover their genius through the Nuwave Pictures education strand.

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Nominated by Dershe Samaria ,  Co- founder of Nuwave Pictures

Possibly one of the most underrated figures in TV. Patrice Etienne started his career on BBC One’s multi award winning children’s show Byker Grove as a lead member of the first black family to feature on the program.

Since then, Patrice’s journey into the television industry has been far from traditional. Unable to secure acting/writing roles that did not play on reinforcing the negative stereotypes of a young black man, he decided to go at it alone with his creative partner and start an independent production company; Nuwave Pictures. This would be his opportunity to create alternative narratives and bring some excitement to the TV world!

This year, Nuwave Pictures were announced as one of ten stand out BAME led Indies alongside the likes of David Olusoga’s Uplands, Romesh Ranganathan’s Ranga Bee and Lenny Henry’s Douglas Road to officially partner with Channel 4 and The TV Collective on the Indie Accelerator.
During their last Channel 4 commission the company bought a record-breaking amount of diverse/BAME talent to work both on and off screen.

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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


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