Maria Kyriacou heads Creative Diversity Network

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Maria KyriacouMaria Kyriacou is to become the new chair of the Creative Diversity Network (CDN), succeeding Jill Offman. 

Maria Kyriacou is president of ViacomCBS Networks UK and Australia, overseeing all of ViacomCBS’s broadcast, streaming and in-house studios strategy and operations in these markets, as well as Ireland, New Zealand and Israel. 

Prior to ViacomCBS, Kyriacou was president of international at ITV Studios where she oversaw its international production business and worldwide distribution arm. 

She said of her new role: “I look forward to championing the vital work that CDN is doing at a time when actionable diversity and inclusion initiatives has never been more important. 

“As CDN’s chair, my aim is to put CDN and its diversity monitoring tool, Diamond, at the centre of discussions with broadcasters and producers, in order that we can collectively work towards improving representation in all spheres of our sector.”

Deborah Williams, executive director, CDN added: “I’m delighted that Maria will be taking over as chair of CDN and looking forward to working with her and our partners to deliver our ambitious programme of activities. 

“Her appointment could not be more timely: ensuring that diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the industry’s recovery from Covid 19 and ensuring that broadcasters, platforms, producers and the entire supply chain properly reflect the lives and ambitions of everyone is key to ensuring that the UK television industry not just survives but thrives.”

The Creative Diversity Network is largely paid for by its members who are: BAFTA, BBC, Channel 4, ViacomCBS, ScreenSkills, Pact, ITN, ITV, S4C, and Sky.