Published on: 23 March 2022 in Industry

Directors Digest — Wednesday 23 March

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Disney employees walk out over the company’s response to to Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, the NFTS appoints Sophie Turner Laing as Chair, and director James Taylor launches a new podcast looking at the state of freelance working life in the industry. Read all about it below. 

Disney employees have staged a walkout in protest at the company’s response to Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill. (Variety)

Frances Ryan of The Guardian discusses the significance of the BBC drama Then Barbara Met Alan, which aired this week. 

Meanwhile, the programme’s producers, Dragonfly, have called for an access fund provided by broadcasters to support under-represented talent. (Broadcast)

The Ukrainian Film Academy has explained its decision to expel director Sergei Loznitsa. (Screen)

Directors UK member James Taylor has launched a new podcast discussing the state of freelancing in film and TV today. The first episode is available to download now

NFTS has appointed Sophie Turner Laing as their first ever female Chair. (Screen)

The BBC has recommissioned four its biggest series from the last year Vigil, The Responder, Time and The Tourist

And finally, The Guardian profiles showrunner Shonda Rhimes and her incredible streak of hits

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