A new online TV channel, created and founded in Hayes, is set to launch to take a 'satirical look' at diversity and community issues affecting Londoners today.
Make A Difference Entertainment, (MADE) a media production charity based in west London, will launch an online TV channel, madeTV, on Saturday (May 28) where 'diversity matters'.
West London Film Studios, Hayes, will host the event to screen produced work, and for a chance to meet with the cast and crew creatives involved.
After leading video production workshops MADE founder, and local resident, Blaise Singh, was approached by young people from the Townfield ward to collaborate on a project that aims to create stronger social links within neighbourhoods.
The 'MADE in HAYES project' is about allowing participants to take lead and ownership of programme making - giving them a chance to address issues of importance and unite the diverse communities of the borough through entertainment.
madeTV will broadcast content to create opportunities and awareness about diversity issues related to race, gender, sexuality and disability.
It will also showcase work produced by groups in MADE’s community cohesion and employability programmes. madeTV will take a satirical look at diversity and community issues affecting Londoners today.
'Need for more people of colour, women, LGBT and disabled people on screen'
MADE founder Blaise Singh, said: “This is a great opportunity for underrepresented talent to have a voice and share stories that are important to them.
“To truly reflect the diversity of Great Britain there must be more people of colour, women, LGBT and disabled people both on screen in lead roles as well as behind the scenes as creative leaders.
“We’re over the moon and grateful to be supported by our funders and participants on this exciting, fun and engaging media project.”
Creative Skillset findings reveal that London is over 45% black, Asian and minority ethnic yet, only 5.3% of the film and TV production workforce is.
It’s a similar story of massive underrepresentation for women, disabled and LGBT people.
The launch event will showcase and celebrate the participants’ talents, appreciating the great effort that they put into their productions.
If you'd like to attend the launch, contact Amalina Shahadah on firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the guestlist, for further information or to get involved.
Made in Hayes runs sessions every Saturday at the West London Film Studio, Springfield Road, Hayes, UB4 0RG, from 10am – 6pm.
Media students in Hayes are also set to rise thanks to the arrival of the Global Academy on the former Old Vinyl Factory site.
You can check out madeTV by clicking here.