Published on: 28 February 2019 in Industry

Directors Digest — 28 February 2019

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It’s been quite a week, with the Oscars taking place, the announcement of BritBox, and movements on copyright in Europe — but there’s also room for a statistical analysis of who gets thanked most in Oscar speeches, and the lost artwork of Orson Welles. Read all about it below. 


The winners of this year’s Oscars were announced, with Alfonso Cuarón taking home the award for Best Director. (Oscars)

Meanwhile, the numbers have been crunched on who gets thanked the most in Oscar acceptance speeches. (Pedestrian)

Emma Thompson made waves this week after the publication of her letter outlining why she couldnt work with John Lasseter at Skydance. (LA Times)

Directors UK member Tim Goodill picked up an RTS NETB Award for his film Blood Steel. (RTS)

Flavorwire have put together a gallery of rare artwork from Orson Welles


BBC and ITV have teamed up to creat BritBox, a new streaming service for British programming. (BBC)

Screen Scotland has launched a new £100,000 professional development fund. (Screen International)

Broadcasters are willing to pay a premium to snap-up boxset rights, with longer exclusivity windows, Broadcast reports.  

Owen Jones remembers the impact of Queer As Folk, twenty years on. (Guardian)


In another step forward for fair remuneration, the EU Parliament legal affairs committee backed the provisional agreement on the new Copyright Directive. A final vote will now take place in parliament towards the end of March. (EU Parliament)

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