ITV has commissioned a series of films — including a documentary fronted by will.i.am — in commemoration of Black History Month, which takes place in the UK in October.
Will.i.am: The Blackprint is an hour-long documentary from Twofour (part of ITV Studios) that follows the musician’s personal exploration of what it means to be Black and British.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, will.i.am (pictured) first came to the UK over twenty years ago. Now, he’s embarking on a nationwide quest to learn about the lives of Black Brits, and compare and contrast the lived experience on both sides of the Atlantic.
Executive Producers are will.i.am and Nic Patten. The senior producer is Laetitia Nneke, and the commissioning editor is David Smyth in ITV Entertainment.
Also on the slate is Ashley Banjo: Britain in Black and White (w/t).
In the summer of 2020, Ashley Banjo was thrust into the center of the Black Lives Matter movement.
A year ago, the pro-equality routine performed by his dance troupe Diversity — one of the most complained about moments in OFCOM’s history — cast Banjo and his fellow dancers into the political spotlight.
Now, Banjo is going on a journey into his own past and also a journey of discovery into British History. He’ll meet civil rights trailblazers from modern history that will help him navigate his newly found purpose as a champion for civil rights in the UK.
Ashley Banjo: Britain in Black and White (w/t) is an Uplands Television production for ITV.
Eddie Hutton-Mills is producer-director, and the executive producers are Mike Smith and David Olusoga.
The assistant producer is Rochelle Newman, and Tejumade Oluokun is the production manager. Satmohan Panesar is the commissioning editor for ITV Factual Entertainment.
From Doc Hearts, Charlene White: Empire’s Child sees the British television presenter embark on a journey to explore the roots of her connection to the British empire.
White will travel across Britain and Jamaica to investigate her own heritage, and the relationship between the empire and her family.
Andy Mundy-Castle and Sam Bickley are executive producers, and Anna Manton is producer/director. Panesar is commissioning editor.