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10 Mar 2022

WONDER WOMEN LIVE! Celebrates the Changemakers in Television on International Women's Day

Ria Hebden

Industry trailblazers; Managing Director, Naked TV - Fatima Salaria, CEO, The Production Guild of Great Britain - Prof. Lyndsay Duthie, Comedy Commissioning Editor, UKTV - Sarah Asante and Commercial & Development Director, ITV - Sue Walton lead the conversation.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Carpe Diem Media Productions together with Tide and Audio Network as the official music partner held Wonder Women Live! the annual women’s networking event which brings together women who work in Television and the Creative Industries to celebrate the great and good in TV and to discuss this year’s IWD theme of how to #breakthebias.

Following the revelations of the McKinsey & Co report which revealed that women all over the world have been disproportionately impacted by the global pandemic[1] together with findings from the Film & TV’s Charity Looking Glass Report[2] which disclosed 1 in 6 freelancers in TV are currently working more than 60 hours a week*, Wonder Women Live!  Creator and TV Presenter, Ria Hebden commented on the importance of holding Wonder Women Live in person this year;

“Celebrating the achievements of women who work in TV on International Women’s Day is always so inspiring and to hear each panellist share their story, is a great reminder of the value women bring to the industry. I’m proud of how Wonder Women Live elevates and motivates women to continue the important work to break the biases that exist within society and in the industry.”

Attendees at Wonder Women Live! first heard a stimulating keynote from Naked TV’s Managing Director, Fatima Salaria who declared; “The future is going to look different, the future is in your hands. Don’t think about imposter syndrome, lack of self-esteem or being an outsider. You and I have a right to be here. Together we can change this industry.”

Guests also heard from industry leaders; CEO The Production Guild of Great Britain, Prof. Lyndsay Duthie who said; “There are some great champions in the industry that are looking to see how we can retain talent and welcome women back into TV. We have to be more inclusive, it’s not rocket science.”

Comedy Commissioning Editor, UKTV Sarah Asante advised; “This industry, as tough as it is on women and people of colour, if you don’t let the noise cloud your path and judgement (trust that) if an opportunity occurs to you, it’s meant for you.”

Commercial & Development Director, ITV Sue Walton added; “We all need a champion and I count myself lucky to have had a few great female bosses who’ve given me opportunity and autonomy and importantly, their backing.  I hope that I’ve taken on the best of what I’ve seen to develop my own unique and inclusive leadership style and continue to help create opportunity and connections for others."

Following the inspirational panel discussion, which explored topics such as Leadership Styles; Mental Health and Wellbeing in TV Production and How to Get Ahead in a post-Covid Work Culture, guests were then immersed into a structured power-networking session with the panellists to support them making new connections. Wonder Women Live! was produced by Carpe Diem Media Productions Ltd with the support of Tide and Audio Network as the official music partner. For more information on Wonder Women TV, the inspirational podcast and the yearlong mentoring programme that directly supports diverse women who work in Television visit www.wonderwomentv.com.
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