Published on: 26 June 2019 in Industry

Directors Digest — 26 June 2019

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Big hires at Disney +, Warner Bros. and Sky Cinema all made the headlines this week. Meanwhile, there’s a look back at the classic horror Candyman, female showrunners discuss how they made it in TV, and industry experts ponder the survival of movies. Read all about it below.


Seven female showrunners, including Lisa HanawaltTonya Lewis Lee and Liz Feldman, talk to Instyle about making it in TV. 

Sky Cinema has hired Katie Keenan from Channel 5 as head of acquisitions. (TBI Vision)

Meanwhile, Disney + has hired Matt Brodlie to a senior international role from their rivals Netflix. (Screen International

STV has taken a majority stake in Primal media. (Televisual)

TBI Vision reports on Netflix’s original doc strategy from Sunny Side of the Doc. 


How will the movies as we know them survive the next ten years? The New York Times asks industry experts to make their predictions. 

The Guardian takes a look at the making of the horror classic Candyman, with some great insight from Directors UK member Bernard Rose.

Warner Bros. have appointed Ann Sarnoff — of BBC Studios Americas — as CEO, making her the first female CEO in the company’s history. (CNN)

Meanwhile, Little White Lies interview Peter Strickland about his new film, In Fabric.

And finally, the writers and directors of Pose reflect on the enduring legacy of Paris is Burning. 

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