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BAME led TV company set to produce top Sky TV show

POPULAR: The Tough Mudder event has an international following

A PREDOMINANTLY black and minority ethnic (BAME) staffed TV company is to produce a show about one of the world’s most famous endurance challenges.

Wilson Worldwide Productions (WWP), an award winning film and TV company based in London and founded by Josh Wilson, will produce the exclusive landmark series on Tough Mudder which will broadcast on Sky Sports Mix.

The series, with a working title of Mission Mudder, will follow five current and former British Olympians competing in several Tough Mudder challenges.

MAKING STRIDES: Josh Wilson, CEO of Wilson Worldwide Productions

The original content series is due to air in the spring of 2017 and will follow Sky’s broadcast of this year’s World’s Toughest Mudder in January.

For the first time on UK television, viewers will be able to follow all the action as competitors battle it out in an extreme 24-hour endurance race.

Tough Mudder is an event featuring a giant assault course, typically containing 10 to 12 miles of mud and more than 20 obstacles – many of which are made from barbed wire.

WWP’s CEO, Josh Wilson, said: “We are delighted to have won the Tough Mudder series which will feature many household names from Olympics past.

“But personally, I am really pleased that a small start-up, and one whose staff are predominantly from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, has been recognised to have won the right to produce one of the most eagerly anticipated series of 2017.”

Referring to a recent report: UK Television, Adjusting the Colour Balance by Directors UK Wilson said: “It is no secret that there is a lack of opportunities that the BAME community have in the television and film industry, being both under-employed and under-represented.

He continued: " WWP promotes diversity and our appointment by SKY will hopefully be a sign that things are beginning to change. I’ve always believed that with greater diversity comes better and more original and entertaining programmes so everyone benefits.”

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