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Robin Thede to Receive Variety Creative Change Award at Mipcom

Robin Thede has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Variety Creative Change Award at Mipcom.

The Variety Creative Change Award is given to an individual who uses their platform in the arts to create inclusive stories. This year it will be presented to Thede during the 4th Annual Mipcom Diversify TV Excellence Awards, which will be held on Oct. 13.

Additionally, 21 programs have been selected as part of a shortlist for Mipcom’s Diversify TV Excellence Awards this year, Reed Midem announced Wednesday. See below for that list.

Thede is the creator, showrunner and star of HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” which picked up an Emmy Award nomination for variety sketch series (as well as noms for director Dime Davis and guest actress Angela Bassett) and won the Television Critics Assn. (TCA) Award for variety/sketch series this year.

She also appeared in the fourth season of “Insecure” on HBO this year, voiced a character on Apple TV Plus’ “Central Park” and signed a multi-year overall deal with Warner Brothers Television Group, under which she will create new content for multiple WarnerMedia properties.

Next up, Thede can be seen as a judge on HBO Max’s “Haute Dog” beginning Sept. 24 and in Justin Simien’s “Bad Hair,” streaming Oct. 23 on Hulu.

Previously, Thede had her own talk show, “The Rundown with Robin Thede” on BET, and worked as a writer on “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” “The Queen Latifah Show,” sketch series “In the Flow with Affion Crockett,” and the scripted “Clunkers” and “Real Husbands of Hollywood.” As a performer, Thede got her start in sketch comedy and then racked up credits in the aforementioned “Clunkers,” “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” and “In the Flow with Affion Crockett,” as well as “All of Us,” “Second Generation Wayans,” “Hot in Cleveland” and “Difficult People.”

Thede is repped by WME and Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano.

Mipcom is going virtual this year, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The annual event will take place from Oct. 12 to Oct. 16. The winners of the Mipcom Diversify TV Excellence Awards will be presented in association with founding partner Diversify TV, and new partners All3media as sponsor of the LGBTQ+ category, FilmRise and Telefilm Canada/Canada Media Fund who join A+E Networks as presenting partners and a new media partnership with Variety.

French singer, DJ, actor and LGBTQ icon Kiddy Smile will host this year’s Diversify TV Excellence Awards ceremony, and author and talk show host Wendy Williams will give the opening remarks. Also taking part in the festivities are CEO of Unstoppable Films and Television Noel Clark; actor, filmmaker and entrepreneur Ravi Patel; and actor and recording artist Young Dylan.

For the full list of shortlisted programs, see below:

Mipcom Diversify TV’s Excellence Award for Representation of LGBTQ+ – Scripted

“Veneno”
Production: Atresmedia Studios + Suma Latina
Distributor: Atresmedia
Original Broadcaster: Atresmedia
Country: Spain

“Work In Progress”
Production: Showtime Networks, Circle of Confusion, Jax Media
Distributor: ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group
Original Broadcaster: Showtime
Country: USA

“Feel Good”
Production: Objective Productions, Objective Fiction
Distributor: all3media International
Original Broadcaster: Channel 4
Country: UK

MipcomDiversify TV’s Excellence Award for Representation of LGBTQ+ – Non-Scripted

“
La Memoria Homosexual – Queer Memory”
Production: Medina Media
Distributor: Medina Media
Original Broadcaster: Canal Sur – RTVA
Country: Spain

“Jake and Charice”
Production: Documentary Japan, NHK, NHK Enterprises, ABS-CBN
Distributor: N/A
Original Broadcaster: NHK
Country: Japan, Philippines

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2020
Production: Blink TV Production
Distributor: N/A
Original Broadcaster: Special Broadcasting Service Australia (SBS)
Country: Australia

Mipcom Diversify TV’s Excellence Award for Representation of Disability – Scripted

“The Accident”
Production: The Forge
Distributor: All3media International
Original Broadcaster: Channel 4
Country: UK

“The A Word”
Production: Keshet Productions, Fifty Fathoms Production
Distributor: Keshet International
Original Broadcaster: BBC One
Country: UK

“Mental”
Production: Black Sheep Films
Distributor: Magnify Media
Original Broadcaster: France Televisions Slash
Country: France

Mipcom Diversify TV’s Excellence Award for Representation of Disability – Non-Scripted

“The Loop”
Production: Tallstoreez Productionz Pty Ltd
Distributor: Change Media
Original Broadcaster: SBS Special Broadcasting Service Australia
Country: Australia

“Auténticos”
Production: Buendia Estudios
Distributor: Talpa (ITV)
Original Broadcaster: La Sexta (Atresmedia)
Country: Spain

“Employable Me Canada”
Production: Employable Me Productions
Distributor: All3media International
Original Broadcaster: TVO for Accessible Media (Canada)
Country: Canada

Mipcom Diversify TV’s Excellence Award for Representation of Race and Ethnicity – Scripted

“Twenties”
Production company: BET
Distributor: ViacomCBS International Studios
Original Broadcaster: BET
Country: USA

“Penny Dreadful: City of Angels”
Production company: Desert Wolf Productions, Aguilar Entertainment, Neal Street Productions
Distributor: ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group
Original Broadcaster: Showtime
Country: USA

“Total Control”
Production company: Blackfella Films
Distributor: Keshet International
Original Broadcaster: Australian Broadcast Corporation
Country: Australia

Mipcom Diversify TV’s Excellence Award for Representation of Race and Ethnicity – Non-Scripted

“Marry Me, Marry My Family”
Production company: CJZ
Distributor: TCB
Original Broadcaster: SBS
Country: Australia

“The School That Tried To End Racism”
Production company: Proper Content
Distributor: Banijay Rights
Original Broadcaster: Channel 4
Country: United Kingdom

“Vice News Tonight”
Production company: Vice News
Distributor: Vice Media Group
Original Broadcaster: Vice TV
Country: USA

Mipcom Diversify TV’s Excellence Award for Kids’ Programming

“Pablo”
Production company: Paper Owl Films
Distributor: Cake
Original Broadcaster: CBeebies and RTÉjr
Country: UK

“Lockdown”
Production company: Sinking Ship Entertainment
Distributor: Sinking Ship Entertainment
Original Broadcaster: YouTube
Country: Canada

“And Then Something Changed”
Production: Sticky Pictures
Distributor: Australian Children’s Television Foundation
Original Broadcaster: ABC
Country: Australia

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