Directors UK and the BBC are piloting two new workshops aimed at women directors returning to work after a career break or repositioning their directing career. The training initiatives are being introduced as a result of Directors UK’s strategy to work with broadcasters and production houses to explore ways of increasing the numbers of women working as directors across film and television.
The workshops will offer advice and guidance to women directors returning to work or who are seeking a renewed impetus, with tips and techniques on how to re-launch, maintain and develop a successful freelance directing career following a break. At the end of each there will be a networking event giving the directors an opportunity to meet with key BBC Commissioners and Executives.
The pilot for this initiative is being delivered as part of the ongoing working partnership between Directors UK and the BBC and reflects the Broadcaster’s commitment to develop a sustainable action plan aimed at improving opportunities for women directors. The workshops will be run by Helen Matthews from Media Parents and Shiona Llewellyn - a well-known career development specialist - and will be held during March and April in London and Salford.
Directors UK Chief Executive Andrew Chowns: “We are pleased that the BBC is working with us to deliver practical training and networking opportunities for women directors. Empowering women returning to work is a positive step towards our goal of improving the employment prospects of women directors across film and television."
Kate Harwood, BBC Head of Drama, England commented: "Ben Stephenson and I are keen to drive this initiative encouraging and supporting women directors either returning to work or developing their careers across the industry. We believe this is the first step towards growing a more representative talent pool and we look forward to making a difference."