Team DIVA celebrates Lesbian Day of Visibility with a very special announcement…
BY DIVA STAFF
Team DIVA is thrilled to announce a brand new channel dedicated to queer female content, launching today with a chat show fronted by the one and only Heather Peace.
DIVA Box Office, dropping on Lesbian Day of Visibility (Friday 26 April) is the lovechild of DIVA magazine and Lesbian Box Office, a channel set up in 2017 by Jacquie Lawrence and Fizz Milton.
Jacquie, a former commissioning editor at Channel 4 and Sky One, and Fizz, a former television executive at the BBC, were dismayed by the lack of lesbian-specific programming on television and committed themselves to creating authentic women loving women content.
Jacquie, DIVA’s creative director, said: “We are beyond excited to launch with nearly six hours of original content, across all genres, created for and by lesbians and bi women.
“For too long we’ve been starved of queer female content and DIVA Box Office is here to feed the hunger for lesbian and bisexual female fare.
“Going forward we aim to commission, co-produce and acquire content that we know is out there, on the web, in film festivals and in women’s imaginations.”
DIVA editor Carrie Lyell added: “I am absolutely thrilled to be adding DBO to the DIVA family on Lesbian Day of Visibility and in this, our 25th birthday year.
“Since 1994, we have championed queer women in the pages of the magazine, and it’s incredibly exciting to now have the opportunity to not only tell stories with words on a page but to bring them to life on screen as well.”
Carrie added: “The addition of DBO is also significant as it makes DIVA the world’s largest entertainment brand for queer women, and will enable us share our stories and celebrate our achievements for many years to come.”
One of several new original shows produced by DBO is Heather Peace At The Bedford, a two-part entertainment special and the UK’s first lesbian chat show, where our host is joined by a some of the most talented names in our community, from pop sensation Saara Aalto to filmmaker Desiree Akhavan.
Featuring laughs, tears, and a naughty little poodle, pick up the June issue of DIVA for a rather juicy and exclusive piece with all the green room gossip from the set. You won’t get this stuff anywhere else…
DBO also features an exclusive interview with Suranne Jones, star of epic new BBC drama Gentleman Jack.
Fresh from serving dapper realness on the cover of DIVA this month, the acclaimed actor tells DIVA’s Roxy Bourdillon about playing Anne Lister, and let’s us in on what it was like working with an intimacy director on the show’s racy sex scenes.
Elsewhere, DBO takes viewers on a wild ride through California with documentary Power Lesbians, fronted by Rebecca Loos, and Different For Girls fans will be able to watch the full series and get their eyes on some never seen before extras too.
So what are you waiting for? Get your girlfriend, grab the popcorn and get watching! 🍿
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