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UK TV network bans comedy written by men - "it can be aggressive or bullying"

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ITV head of comedy Saskia Schuster has revealed she’s putting a stop to all-male writing teams after noticing ‘an awful lot’ of men rule the sector.

Speaking at Diverse Festival this weekend, Schuster said that she plans to improve writing rooms by making them more inclusive, and feels injecting a female voice in the scripts could be vital.

The creator, who has worked on show’s including Benidorm, explained: ‘Too often the writing room is not sensitively run. It can be aggressive and slightly bullying.’

‘I won’t commission anything with an all-male writing team,’ she added, later including large teams with a ‘token woman’ there to ‘fill a quota.’

The latest move comes after Saskia helped launch the Comedy 50:50 initiative, which aimed for a more equal split in genders and comedy writing.

She added that it was ‘up to her to drive the narrative’ for change after becoming the commissioner for the channel in February last year.

 

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