Commitment to evolving the Accessibility of Film and TV Unit Bases
Thu 1st Jun 2023
In the fast-paced world of film and television production, the importance of accessibility and inclusivity cannot be overstated. As a leading company in facilities and production support, we have embarked on a mission to embed inclusivity at the core of our operations.
We are eager to create and evolve an environment that provides equal access to opportunities and resources for all genders, as well as those with physical or intellectual disabilities so that they can thrive and contribute to the magic of on-screen storytelling. We think that everyone's voice and skill should be recognised, heard, and showcased.
One of the key areas we are focusing on is the physical accessibility of film and TV unit bases. We recognise that the traditional infrastructure often overlooks the needs of individuals with physical disabilities, creating unnecessary barriers and limitations. To address this issue, we have taken proactive steps to begin to transform unit bases into fully accessible spaces. By collaborating with industry professionals, creatives with disabilities and accessibility experts, they have implemented radical and structural changes to ensure that physical spaces are designed with accessibility in mind.
We understand that accessibility is not a one-size-fits-all concept. We recognise the diversity and inclusion within this community and strive to provide tailored solutions to meet individual needs. By incorporating some basic features like ramps, lifts, wider door frames, larger cubicles, grab rails, and emergency pull cords, we are beginning to create a more inclusive environment for all.
The company's commitment to accessibility goes beyond physical infrastructure. We actively engage with other stakeholders to drive change and promote accessibility across the industry. By working with organisations such as Underlying Health Condition (UHC) and being a member of the TV Access Project (TAP) working group for Facilities, we are helping to establish a blueprint for change within the industry, fostering an environment where accessibility, inclusion is a priority for all stakeholders.
Moreover, we recognise the importance of education and awareness in driving lasting change. We actively support the work of Bridge 06 in training and supporting the introduction of Access Coordinators.
In the last year or so, we have witnessed a seismic shift in the industry's engagement and commitment to accessibility. Initiatives like the TV Access Project (TAP) and various subgroups working on facilities, studios, and access-to-work have emerged, demonstrating the industry's collective dedication to change. While there is still much work to be done, we see these developments as a positive step forward.
As a Group, we are conscious of our responsibility as a corporate citizen and are focused on our role to help educate and creating awareness of Accessibility & Inclusion in the TV & Film industry
Our long-standing customer Katie Player (Co-Founder of UHC & Freelance Line Producer, BAFTA TV Committee, & Learning, Inclusion, & Talent Committee) explains the impact that some of these changes have had;"From a personal perspective, to say it changed my working life is no understatement. No longer did I have to check with the 2nd AD which trailer I could use, park my chair outside, crawl across the floor to use the facilities, or, if I was physically less mobile, drive to a local supermarket/hotel/restaurant that I had found that had an accessible bathroom. The mental load of having to constantly think about something as simple as using the bathroom is heavy and exhausting. It is not only for my benefit, but for many others too.”