Published on: 21 July 2022 in Industry

Directors Digest — Thursday 21 July

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Iranian director Jafar Panahi is ordered to serve six years in jail, Pinewood submits plans for a major extension, and a new BFI report makes recommendations to boost the future of UK indie film. Read all about it below.

Iranian director Jafar Panahi has been ordered to serve six years in jail after going to Evin prison to ask about one of two fellow directors arrested for supporting protests. Directors UK has expressed its deep concern, as the association of UK directors. (BBC)

The shortlists for this year’s Grierson Awards have been announced — congratulations to all the directors of this year’s Grierson-shortlisted films! (Grierson)

Pinewood has submitted plans for an £800m expansion, Deadline reports.

Disputes over crew working conditions could disrupt British TV drama, The Guardian reports.

Matt Hardy and Emma Travers have been announced as the new Chairs of the Coalition for Change. (Broadcast)

ITV has released its diversity acceleration plan report for 2022. (ITV)

Meanwhile, Channel 4 has bolstered its guidance for the portrayal of disability on TV. (Channel 4)

A new report this week from the BFI paints a bleak picture for the UK indie film sector — and makes a number of recommendations. (Screen Daily)

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