Director Jason Young has been nominated for the Champion of Inclusion category in Inclusive Companies Awards 2020.
A host of diversity leaders will gather on Thursday 19th November at the Titanic Hotel, Liverpool to honour British Diversity at the ceremony, celebrating the phenomenal achievements of those who have demonstrated their outstanding devotion to diversity, equality and inclusion.
Designed to highlight employers tackling issues internally and externally, Britain’s diverse talent will be showcased in a celebration of equality champions.
Jason is the first director to present Dido Belle in a short period drama before the 2014 feature film, Belle, in order to include a woman of colour in British history on the screen (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dido_Elizabeth_Belle#Film,_music,_plays). He followed this up with another short period drama titled ‘Joanna Vassa’ (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1727320/) to include another woman of colour in British history on the screen. Inclusion has been Jason’s life work in the arts. He was the first to make an animation on the first black writer in Britain in 1772, Ukawsaw Gronniosaw (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukawsaw_Gronniosaw#Adaptations). He has also made the first animation on the black classical violinist, George Bridgetower, who was a friend of Beethoven (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Bridgetower#Cultural_legacy). Jason wants to see black historical figures included in British period dramas so that there is inclusion in the portrayal of British history on screen. This inclusion includes the black swordsman, Julius Soubise, in the fictional animation set during the Second Maroon War in 1795 titled ‘The Swordsman of Trelawny’ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Soubise). It also includes featuring the black prizefighter, Thomas Molineaux, in a short animation titled ‘The Prize Fighter’ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Molineaux#Legacy). Both projects have enabled actors to move on to Netflix programmes and mobilise their acting careers having given them a lift up.
The awards have led the way in commending the exceptional contribution to the workplace made by inclusive companies and pioneering employees.
With the increasing richness of diversity in Britain, the Inclusive Companies Awards recognise employers that unite workforces and challenge discrimination, applauding those for their fight against inequality.
The ceremony has broken ground in recognising true inclusion across charity, public, private, education and housing sectors.
The Inclusive Companies Awards has opened its nominations in conjunction with the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers. The List, of which Sky currently ranks at number 1, will be unveiled at the ceremony later on in the year.
Paul Sesay, CEO of the Inclusive Companies Awards said,
“In difficult and challenging times, using the talent of a diverse workforce is more important than ever. Considering the diversity of your workforce and fostering an inclusive working environment can bring business benefits and provide market advantage.” Sesay continues, “This tough climate has led us to take a fresh look at how we can promote employers that lead in their business case for diversity. We are thrilled to showcase those that celebrate diversity throughout the whole ethos of their corporation”.
Find out more at: https://www.inclusivecompanies.co.uk/