#BlackStarDelight: Anne Mensah, Michaela Coel, June Sarpong make UK’s Most Influential Women list

Three Ghanaian-British women have been named among UK’s Top 25 Most Powerful Women. Anne Mensah, Vice President of Original Series, Netflix, Michaela Coel, Actress and writer, and June Sarpong,...

Three Ghanaian-British women have been named among UK’s Top 25 Most Powerful Women.

Anne Mensah, Vice President of Original Series, Netflix, Michaela Coel, Actress and writer, and June Sarpong, Director of creative diversity, BBC are praised for being “visionary [and] leading Britain with prescience, power and poise” by the British Vogue Magazine in its September 2020 issue.

This year’s is the third annual list.

Read the citation accompanying the list below for 2020 Vogue25 .

Anne Mensah, Vice president of original series, Netflix

As Netflix’s vice president of original series, Anne Mensah’s remit is to bring British-made television to the world. “Netflix can be a playground for the most diverse range of British talent,” Mensah tells Vogue. “Give me your biggest, maddest idea, or your small, beautifully crafted idea.”

Last year, Netflix spent £400 million on British content and, she says, that’s only going to increase. Meanwhile, UK productions created around 25,000 creative jobs, and Mensah is keen to nurture the freelance crews the industry relies upon. Undaunted by Covid, her mission is to cement the UK as a major player in the future of television.

Anne Mensah

Michaela Coel

Based on her own experience of sexual assault, Michaela Coel’s 12-part series I May Destroy You was a TV revelation when it was released to great acclaim in June.

Hailed for its writing and performances, as well as its deft handling of issues surrounding consent, the show has proved Coel to be that rarest of things: a truly original creative force.

Michaela Coel

 

June Sarpong, Director of creative diversity, BBC

Last October, June Sarpong was named as the BBC’s first director of creative diversity.

Her job? To ensure the stories told across all the corporation’s platforms are more representative of the public, as are the people telling them. Recently, Sarpong announced a £100 million investment into diverse productions and talent over the next three years, in a bid to help make the BBC “an instrument of real change”.

June Sarpong

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