Are you looking for on-screen talent to front your documentary? Or perhaps you need credible industry experts to feature as talking heads in your TV programme?
Here you’ll find a list of recognised talent agencies and organisations who represent a wide range of diverse presenters, experts and actors.
Independent Talent Management
John Noel Management
MC Saatchi Merlin
Red 24 Management
Talent 4 Media
Expert Voices: BAME Talent Database
The BAME Expert Voices talent database is comprised of 105 industry experts specifically from BAME backgrounds, who were professionally media-trained by the BBC Academy in both TV and radio studios in preparation of them making their debut in broadcasting.
BBC Expert Women
The BBC Expert Women events originated as a collaboration between the BBC Academy and Broadcast magazine in response to the magazine’s campaign to highlight and address a proven lack of on-screen female experts. Over the course, the women were professionally media-trained by the BBC Academy in both TV and radio studios in preparation of them making their debut in broadcasting.
The Leonard Cheshire Disability Organisation
The Leonard Cheshire Disability Organisation helps disabled people get a career in mainstream media; to broaden the positive influence that people with a disability have in deciding how their lives and circumstances are portrayed in the media. Leonard Cheshire Disability also has access to a number of spokespeople who can discuss topics including; social care, inaccessible transport, disability discrimination, access to goods and services, access to work, voluntary sector issues, social exclusion and legislation. To discuss potential spokespeople, e-mail: email@example.com or call Theresa directly on 020 3242 0290.
Abnormally Funny People
Abnormally Funny People is a monthly podcast discussing all things disability with a splash of comedy. Each month they welcome guests from diverse backgrounds who have a connection to disability - they might be in entertainment, journalists, disability advocates, writers and more. They also have regular guests call in, the latest tech and accessibility news, along with news from the USA. If you’re looking for talented actors and comedians, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
DaDaFest is an innovative disability arts organisation based in Liverpool which is also a cutting edge Disability and Deaf Arts Agency. DaDaFest also delivers an annual International Festival between November and December, and provides opportunities for disabled and d/Deaf people to the arts. If you are looking for actors or would like to speak to DaDafest about an opportunity, email@example.com or call 0151 707 1733.
Disability Arts Online
DAO is a portal into the world of disability arts and a hub that connects people in a vibrant creative community. DAO nurture and showcase talent, provide information and create opportunities for disabled artists through innovative partnerships. This is a comprehensive directory of deaf and disability-related artists who identify with the disability arts community. The portal allows you to contact an individual directly to discuss an opportunity.
Monologue Slam/ The Triforce Creative Network
Monologue Slam is an industry talent showcase for actors run by the TriForce Creative Network, which was originally built and grown on a strong ethos of inclusivity not exclusivity, to open the doors to the industry to people from all walks of life, as well as providing a trusted and viable avenue for the industry to discover diverse talent. The actors’ showcases are a brilliant way to access new, diverse talent in person. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to advertise an opportunity with your company.
VisABLE is an online agency which provides professional on-screen opportunities for actors, presenters and models with disabilities. Contact the agency directly to discuss an opportunity via the bookings number 01386 555 170 or register to advertise a role.
How to diversify your cast - Read full Q&A here.
Peter Hunt - Head of Casting, Lime Pictures
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Peter Hunt - Head of Casting for Lime Pictures UK