Episode 11

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21st Mar 2021

Ep11: Whatever You Choose, Do It Properly w/ PAAPA ESSIEDU

Paapa Essiedu steps inside the circle with us this week! The prolific actor speaks on his late introduction to theatre, preparing for his roles in television and film, set life on Sky and AMC series 'Gangs Of London', growing up in the same neighbourhood as actress Naomi Ackie, and working alongside NYT friend 'Michaela Coel' on breakout series I May Destroy You. See how he manages to get to the top of the leaderboard on Akua's impossible game!

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About the Podcast

The Circle
Black TV & Film Podcast
Hosted by award-winning duo Executive Producer/Screenwriter Leon Mayne, and journalist/media chronicler Akua Gyamfi, The Circle features the two friends waxing lyrical with the hottest Black British talent across Television and Film - discussing weekly topics, their career journeys, the creative process, and what the future of TV, Film, and Digital holds.

Informal, fun, and conversational, the 60-90 minute episodes are a way to keep edutained, and get otherwise open and new perspectives from UK talent.

Catch the original roundtable series on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2onCOQiGkg&list=PLVp32ASh21hhWvQYCrasa8qXkrEB3kQym

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Leon Mayne

Leon Mayne is an award-winning screenwriter and producer. His work, especially in providing richly detailed black programming, has earned him a feature in Powerful Media’s 2015 edition of Britain’s most influential people of African and African Caribbean Heritage, BBC’s 2017 New Talent Hotlist, and 2020 Screen Nation Digital Vanguard Award

He is Co-Founder of production group BWNG Ltd, a collective dedicated to showcasing the culturally diverse range of talent and narratives in modern day Britain. No fewer than 5 of his series and film productions are currently broadcast on TV &/or SVOD platforms in over 80 countries worldwide - as well as multimillion views on Youtube.

His impressive client list in branded, digital, tv and film includes the likes of Netflix, TRACE, Channel 4, BBC, BFI, Untold Studios, Aniboxx and Warner Music – where he has written and/or developed content for projects such as ‘The End Of The F*cking World’, ‘Brothers With No Game’, ‘Binge Watching’ ‘ and ‘Cadet’s ‘Support Me’’ short film release.

As well as running an organisation ‘Insight’ – designed to create opportunities to above-the-line creatives in scripted development, Leon is currently working on an exciting development slate which includes a TV comedy-drama, an adult animation, and a Facebook commissioned special of his groundbreaking roundtable project ‘The Circle’.