Meet the entrepreneur tackling TV diversity

Josh Wilson saw few BAME faces in television production, so he decided to do something about it.

by Arun Kakar

The UK television industry isn’t exactly well known for its diversity. Earlier this year, Ofcom found that minorities are ‘underrepresented’: the five main UK broadcasters have an average of 12% BAME employees, with the figure falling to 6% at senior level. 

This was one of the main challenges 27-year-old TV entrepreneur and former actor Josh Wilson had to grapple with when making his way in the business.

‘It was more an anger about how people like Idris Elba had to wait until their early 40s before getting their break,’ he says of the decision to set up the Wilson Worldwide in 2013. ‘How many Idris Elbas are there who we’ve missed out on? I realised that I had to own something or have control of something in order to put myself into productions. That’s the only way I’m going to be able to do this.’

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