UK’s Jack Thorne-Backed TV Access Project Finds New Lead; BBC Storyville Slate; ‘Silent Library’ – Global Briefs

UK’s Jack Thorne-Backed TV Access Project Finds New Lead

The UK’s TV Access Project (TAP), which counts Jack Thorne amongst its founders and is fighting for improved access for disabled talent, has a new project lead. Heloise Beaton joins from her role as Disability Lead at thinkBIGGER!, where she worked with the likes of BAFTA and ScreenSkills to develop disability inclusive practices. The Glasgow-based exec freelanced as an unscripted TV Producer for 10 years and has worked on productions such as Question TimeDispatches and Ready Steady Cook. She replaces Ally Castle and Tanya Motie leading the body that is fighting for the ultimate goal of no disabled talent feeling excluded by the industry by 2030. It was founded at Edinburgh TV Festival just over two years ago by Help scribe Thorne and others. “I believe there is an opportunity to create real and meaningful change in the TV industry,” she said. “Previous Project Leads Ally Castle and Tanya Motie have set in motion great initiatives that pave the way for a more inclusive television landscape and I’m looking forward to building on this.”

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