Published on: 02 November 2017 in Industry

Directors Digest — Thursday 2 November

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Bristol, BIFAs, Bake Off, Blue Planet and big TV staffing news: these are just some of the topics that have been doing the rounds in the industry this week. Find out more in today’s Directors Digest. 


Members Deborah Haywood, Armando Iannucci and Martin McDonagh have all received directing nominations at the British Independent Film Awards — congratulations to them and all the BIFA nominees. (Directors UK).

A feasibility study commissioned just over a year ago has found that the Dagenham East area of London “is the ideal location for Hollywood-style studio space.” (Deadline)

The Academy is to present special Oscar to Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s ‘Carne Y Arena’ (Screen International)


Newsnight editor Ian Katz has been named Channel 4 Director of Programmes. (Guardian)

Despite its winner being announced early, the Great British Bake Off final still attracted Channel 4’s biggest audience since the 2012 Paralympic Games. (Guardian)  

Blue Planet returned to our screens, and the BBC provided 22 facts about the production

Mentorn Media has hired Celia Taylor as managing director. (Televisual)

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 [email protected] with your article idea.

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