Icon Films links with Babbasa for Spotlight Session

With the unique role that broadcasting has in shaping and reflecting society’s values Icon Films recognises that our staff must reflect our diverse society. In 2017, the Runnymede Trust reported that Bristol was the most segregated core city in the UK. If we are separated through geography, beliefs, ethnicity and areas of opportunity, then we must work harder to connect with those isolated in society. We need to connect, engage and inspire those communities through visits, mentoring, work experience, tours, workshops and seminars.

Icon Films’ latest partnership is with Babbasa, a Bristol based social enterprise which supports young people to advance into entrepreneurship, employment or further education. Over National Inclusion Week, the two companies are hosting an Icon Films Spotlight Session, breaking down the barriers for young people to gain experience and work in television production. The session take place from 5pm, Wednesday 26 September at Babbasa’s HQ in Wilder Street.

The Spotlight Session, titled ‘So you want to work in TV?’ will give young people the opportunity to hear from six members of the Icon Films team, hear about how they got work in television and learn about entry-level jobs and work experience.

Icon Films is a Bristol-based award-winning production company. From Animal Planet US’ highest-ever rating series, River Monsters, to Emmy-nominated actor (Charles Dance) narrated Savage Kingdom, for National Geographic, they deliver high-end factual content for the UK and international market.

Working with wild animals, household names, and acknowledged experts in a diverse range of fields, in the past five years they have filmed in over 52 countries. Icon Films’ Managing Director and Co-Founder Laura Marshall said: “We believe that diversity is about creating an inclusive and representative workplace where everyone can thrive. We know an inclusive, diverse workforce increases creativity and productivity and we nurture and support new and emerging talent as they develop across the company. We are very proud to be working with Babbasa and hope to launch a work experience programme with them in 2019.”

Babbasa Chief Executive, Poku Osei, said: “We are very excited to be working with Icon Films again. They have been a great supporter of Babbasa over the years, so it’s good to be forging a new working arrangement with them to support more young people.“

Icon Films currently works in the city with Creative Youth Network, South Bristol Youth, Knowle West Media Centre and Boomsatsuma. They also have connections with over twelve local schools and universities including Merchants Academy, City Academy, UWE and the University of Bristol.

National Inclusion Week starts on 24 September and is created and run by Inclusive Employers. National Inclusion Week is an annual opportunity to raise awareness of inclusion in the workplace.