ABC nominated in MIPCOM Diversify Awards

ABC nominated in MIPCOM Diversify Awards


Two ABC programs have been nominated for this year’s highly-anticipated MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards, honoring inclusive content that impacts and inspires audiences around the world.

The ABC’s multi award-winning factual series You Can’t Ask That is a finalist in the Representation of LGBTQ+ Non-Scripted category. You Can’t Ask That is a genuinely innovative series that offers audiences a personal glimpse into the lives of people we rarely get to hear from, and along the way explores and embraces our differences. Heralded here and overseas for diverse storytelling, ABC Commercial has sold the format for You Can’t Ask That to 10 countries – making it one of the ABC’s most successful formats.

The program is also a finalist for best Entertainment Format of the Year at the Television Business International – Content Innovation Awards, which will be announced at MIPCOM in October.

What It’s Like has been nominated for the Kids Programming (all genres) award. Insightful, optimistic, funny, revealing, powerful, profound – What It’s Like gives a wide-reaching platform to groups of young people whose voices, stories and perspectives are not often seen or heard in the media.

The series enables children from a variety of backgrounds to speak directly to camera, sharing stories about their lives, hopes and dreams. This is genuine children’s storytelling told the way they’d like it to be told, by themselves. A program with a very real impact on people’s lives, What It’s Like elicits understanding and empathy from the audience as children talk about important subjects, such as being a refugee, living with a disability, being adopted and having same-sex parents.

Michael Carrington, ABC Director Entertainment & Specialist, said: “Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the ABC’s commitment to telling distinctive Australian stories for audiences here and around the world. You Can’t Ask That and What It’s Like give a voice to people whose views, stories and perspectives aren’t often seen or heard, promoting acceptance and inclusion for some of our most misunderstood or marginalised community members. Congratulations to our ABC teams and partners for receiving this recognition on the international stage.”

Winners will be announced at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes on Monday October 14, 2019.

ABC Commercial holds worldwide format and distribution rights for You Can’t Ask That and What It’s Like.