Cynthia Erivo and Michaela Coel confirmed to headline in the BBC’s first virtual Creative Diversity Xperience

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June Sarpong, the BBC's Director of Creative Diversity, has announced that CDX will take place on 28 - 29 July. The two-day, new virtual offering like no other in this space from the BBC will showcase the vibrancy, innovation and leadership of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic talent in the creative industry. CDX is a public event aimed at younger audiences and will examine issues of relevance to them.

CDX will bring together iconic stars, cultural disruptors and influencers over six hours of live-streamed events and masterclasses each day. Viewers will hear from diverse leaders across the creative world including 1Xtra's DJ Target; Noughts And Crosses star Masali Baduza; Normal People and Derry Girls actor Aoife Hinds; creative director and manager Grace Ladoja; writer and filmmaker Lucy Sheen.

Emmy-Award winning Actor Cynthia Erivo will sit down with Radio 1's Clara Amfo for an exclusive one-on-one spotlight conversation and BBC's I May Destroy You Writer and star Michaela Coel will host a masterclass.

Other key sessions expected include: a music masterclass with a special line up of UK artists; Diversity for Every 'body'; Cancel Culture, hosted by Linkup TV; and Beyond Yellow Face Casting, covering topics including cultural appropriation, the power of social media and why Asian creatives are forgotten in the film industry.

June Sarpong, BBC Director of Creative Diversity, says: "It is important for the BBC to be the beacon to the rest of the industry and champion Diversity and Inclusion. We have thought carefully about creating an authentic, engaging and immersive experience, using innovative technology. CDX will set itself apart from what people may have seen or expect of the BBC."

Miranda Wayland, BBC's Head of Creative Diversity, says: "CDX is a first for the BBC and the wider creative industry and I am excited about this opportunity to amplify the wealth of ethnically diverse talent within the creative industry. I'm so proud of what we've achieved and the diverse team who have shaped CDX to be the voice for our young diverse audiences."

Faron McKenzie, Marketing Manager for Radio 1 and 1Xtra & Head of CDX, says: "It's been an honour to lead on an exciting production like CDX. I'm proud that our team of creators looked like and shared a similar lived experience to our audience. It is important for the BBC to champion Diversity and Inclusion and not be afraid to lean into these subject matters."

This unique virtual event will create a space for audiences to watch, share and engage with content from around the world, with a new interactive platform Reactoo hosted on the BBC's Creative Diversity website. This will allow audiences to host their own virtual rooms remotely, where they can watch CDX live together with friends, all on in one place.

A full list of headliners and programme of live sessions will be announced in the forthcoming weeks ahead of the event.

For more information and updates, please visit the CDX website and follow #CDXlive and updates on the @bbc social media accounts across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Notes to Editors

1. June Sarpong joined the BBC as Director of Creative Diversity in November 2019, having previously sat on the BBC's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group.

2. In June the BBC announced the Creative Diversity commitment - the biggest financial investment to on-air inclusion in the industry - which will prioritise £100m of the BBC's existing commissioning budget over three years (from 2021/22-2023/24) towards diverse and inclusive content. This will be supported by a new mandatory 20 percent diverse-talent off-screen target in all new network commissions from April 2021. More details here.

3. In May June Sarpong announced a series of initiatives, which were welcomed by Ofcom, and included: establishing guidance and tools to help the BBC's creative staff and industry partners ensure diversity and inclusion is at the heart of production; launching a framework for auditing, setting targets and evaluating results within production to underpin the BBC's broader Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) policies; bringing the broadcasting industry together with audiences through the Creative Diversity Festival.

4. Leadership - We are stepping up our commitment to rapidly increase diverse representation at senior levels of the organisation and develop a new generation of talented leaders. By the end of 2020, our aim is to have every BBC board or senior leadership group with at least two members from a BAME background. Every key BBC leadership group is also appointing two new advisers, bringing with them fresh talents, backgrounds, perspectives and insights.

5. We are expanding the remit of BBC's 50:50 Project, a voluntary system of self-monitoring that began in one small team in the newsroom and has grown across global media. 50:50 uses data, transparency and peer group dynamics to drive performance and cultural change. It now covers 600 teams, over 4,000 producers and content creators, from across the BBC - from news, content, radio and music to the nations and regions. It has already delivered significant shifts in representation of women at minimal cost: In March 2020, two-thirds (66 percent) of data submitted reached 50 percent women contributors - up 9 percent on the previous year. Following this success, its remit will be expanded to further include targets for black, Asian & minority ethnic (15 percent) and disabled (12 percent) contributors, aligned to the BBC's current diversity and inclusion strategy.

6. This year the BBC appointed six new Assistant Commissioners through the Content Commissioner Development Programme. This training and development scheme offers TV professionals with a disability, or who are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds the opportunity to develop their commissioning skills, and is now running for the third time.

7. Disability - We are launching BBC Elevate: a concerted drive to support disabled production talent into roles which grow their careers and accelerate change across the industry. The initiative is an extension of the BBC's internal development programme for disabled staff, to include freelancers and suppliers, and aims to create a greater pool of off-screen disabled talent regularly working across broadcasting.

· A 'BBC Passport' will be rolled out for use by staff with a disability working at the BBC in 2020. The BBC is committed to creating a culture of openness, and launching the passport will aid disabled employees in having sensitive conversations with their managers and help remove barriers to progression within the organisation. The BBC Passport will be a centralised document, which an individual agrees can be used to inform managers about their disability so that when they move roles they have the support they need in place. It will help to inform and assist managers to facilitate a smooth transition between roles and provide adequate support or adjustments for individuals when they are in post. We are talking to the media industry about how this approach could be used across organisations.

· We already have a range of disabled presenters, actors and contributors involved in programming. However, in 2020/21 we will be building on this commitment with a concerted drive to go further on representation. The aim is to produce content in which disabled people are the storytellers, telling nuanced, authentic, raw and surprising stories, in their own voices.

· This will be done in two ways. Firstly, there will be improved incidental and integrated disability portrayal in existing programmes and core brands. Secondly, there will also be specially commissioned new landmark content in 2020 and beyond and the return of popular series with disability themes and disabled characters at their heart such as Jerk, The A Word and There She Goes.

· The BBC's award-winning disability journalism strand Ouch! will be supporting the initiative online, extending conversations in podcasts, through text pieces and on social media.

8. Socioeconomic diversity. More than eight out of 10 of our workforce were educated in state schools, as were three-quarters of our leaders. We are the first broadcaster to collect and publish socio-economic diversity and we are currently the only media organisation listed in Social Mobility Foundation index of top 75 UK employers for the third year running. In November 2019 we launched our first ever social mobility network RAISED: Real Action in Socio Economic Diversity. BBC RAISED is widening the conversation and enhancing connections around 49 working-class audiences and colleagues through a series of workshops and talks, connecting 1,000 staff with lower-income schoolchildren.

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