Published on: 10 July 2019 in Industry

Directors Digest — 10 July 2019

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Stars of tomorrow, onscreen smoking, more streaming services and a look at how much the average movie costs to make — this Digest has more topics than a box of celebrations. Read all about it below. 

Film

How much does the average movie cost to make? Stephen Follows crunches the numbers. (Stephen Follows)

The British Council and BFI have announced funding for three short film projects centred on LGBTQ+ experiences. (Screen International)

Streaming could kill the UK inependent film industry, producer Andy Paterson has warned. (Guardian)

Screen International have announced their Stars of Tomorrow — congratulations to everybody who was chosen this year!

Last week, the Directors Charitable Foundation presented their first ever craft debate with Phyllida Lloyd and Piers Haggard. You can read a report from director Deborah Paige on the DCF Website.

Television

Shondaland picks out ten female directors shaking up the world of TV

Alex Gardiner has moved on from Channel 4 to take up the reins at rare TV, Televisual reports. 

Netflix has vowed to curb onscreen smoking, after coming under fire for the number of smoking scenes in Stranger Things

Warner Media has officially named its new streaming service HBO Max. (Screen International)

Meanwhile, Pact has instructed its members not to grant the BBC extended iPlayer rights while it continues to lobby the corporation. (Broadcast)

Are you a member with an opinion on one of these stories? Is there an issue affecting directors that you think isn’t getting enough attention in the media? Why not write for us and make yourself heard — email communications@directors.uk.com with your article idea.

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