First Black Owned TV Production Company Launches In Bristol

In Southwest England there is a city that has shaped world and particularly, Black history — Bristol. The first European since the Vikings to land on mainland North America was John Cabot, who set sail from Bristol. The first Englishman to lead an exploration to North America was William Weston, a Bristol merchant. On the other hand, from 1700 to 1807, the Bristol slave trade was responsible for more than 2,000 slave ships that transported African people into American slavery. Dr Mena Fombo and Michael Jenkins are writing a new chapter in Bristol’s history, one that is especially empowering. Fombo and Jenkins have launched Black Wave, Bristol’s first Black owned TV production company.

Black Wave has a mission to “create content from a fresh perspective, giving a voice to those who are underrepresented on our screens, and telling stories which reflect and resonate with today’s TV audiences.” It is a mission that is very necessary, in fact. According to Bristol Live, the city is well known for award winning TV production but diversity is a huge challenge in the sector. According to Jenkins, Black Wave will bring “mainstream programming told through the perspective of two black owners” and that is indeed rare, in an era where ownership is still challenging and greatly contested. Ownership and control over who tells the narratives we consume are at the center of the Byron Allen case — the issues are not too far different, regardless of what side of the pond Black people call home.

Dr Mena Fombo is held in high regard as an authority in the areas of equality and diversity, locally. She founded Black Girl Convention, a movement to ensure all women ofΒ African and Caribbean heritageΒ “have a sense of home, by sharing, shaping and owning the Black Girl Experience.” Michael Jenkins is a respected filmmaker in Bristol who, in the past, has made content for the BBC as well as other films for various other outlets. The two are combining their energies, in order to create a platform that will not only provide fresh content but also a platform for many others to utilize. Black Wave will be an institution that will support many to come, thanks to the boldness, vision and courage of its founders.

8 comments
  1. Dorothy McKenzie
    Dorothy McKenzie
    November 8, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing and caring about us and our need to be heard. I Salute the Divinity in you my friend. Success is a Must.πŸ₯‚πŸΎπŸ‘‘πŸ’ŽπŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ§‘

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  2. Dallen lovell
    Dallen lovell
    November 8, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Congratulations,

    Am solicing my script for review perhaps, we can talk, if this interest you….
    Thank you

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  3. Achiyah Alfonso Burney
    Achiyah Alfonso Burney
    November 8, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    It is time that we begin to excel in all fields, instead of waiting for handouts, create your OWN! Hopefully, you are being received in the black community. I pray Yahweh blesses you with huge success

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  4. marcus davis
    marcus davis
    November 9, 2019 at 5:45 am

    Does this Production Company have a website ? How does one contact them?

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  5. Debbie
    Debbie
    November 9, 2019 at 6:53 am

    Congratulations!
    Looking forward to watching, hearing, listening and learning more from you!

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  6. Patrick Kidochukwu Iwe
    Patrick Kidochukwu Iwe
    November 9, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Hello! I am glad to see this happening in my own time as I’m one person who love the black history,

    I’m a screenwriter and hope to do a good black history movie base on the history of the slavery in Africa among Africans.

    How can I get this into ur studio for viewing?

    I live in Nigeria

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  7. Jessica Booze
    Jessica Booze
    November 10, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Omg! So excited! I’m currently in between CT and super excited to see where this platform goes!

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  8. RONALD KING
    RONALD KING
    November 21, 2019 at 3:06 am

    Congratulations..I’m curious if this network will have channels focused on DIY( do it yourself) , Arts and Crafts, Business and Homeownership for POC?? ..Hopefully it will be totally opposite of BET…

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