UK soap Hollyoaks is ramping up its commitment to preventing racism on and off the set. Its production company, Lime Pictures, just announced a plan to address issues raised by actors and former employees, the BBC reports.
Among the points outlined in the 17-page plan of action, based on those shared by the Old Vic Theatre, are the following:
An 'inclusivity action plan' targeting areas including training, outreach, creative inclusivity and hair and make-up
Hiring Verna McKenzie as a Caribbean cultural adviser, joining the soap's Pentecostal faith and Islamic cultural advisers
Establishing a Lime Values Board with people mostly appointed externally to review and set quarterly targets relating to inclusivity
Undertaking a review of its recruitment practices for staff and freelancers, looking at when, where and how they recruit
Kate Little and Claire Poyser, heads of Lime Pictures, said:
As a community and company, we have clearly got some things wrong. Together we will improve and learn from our mistakes.