Published on: 06 December 2023 in Industry

Directors UK, Pact, BBC Studios and ITV Studios establish new Directors and Producers Forum

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We know that there are many challenges impacting the working lives of directors and the craft of directing. Directors UK continues to find opportunities to represent directors and influence change across the areas of the industry that need to improve. 

The new Directors and Producers Forum will comprise of senior representatives and members of Directors UK, and representatives of the producers. It will discuss matters raised by the representatives and provide an opportunity for directors and producers to brief each other on proposed TV industry developments, production matters and sector initiatives such as skills training, environmental sustainability and diversity and inclusion.   

Our CEO Andy Harrower adds: “The television programmes produced in the UK and directed by our members are enjoyed by audiences throughout the world. The purpose of the Directors and Producers Forum is to create a much-needed platform, away from the day-to-day pressures of production, for directors and producers to work collaboratively and openly. Directors, as part of the lead creative team on any TV production, have insights, experience and expertise which is invaluable. In looking at the bigger picture together, we can jointly deal with some of the challenges we face.”   

Pact’s Deputy CEO and Director of Business Affairs, Max Rumney said: “Pact is pleased to be part of this new Forum which brings with it a more formal structure for directors and producers to meet and discuss production developments and current issues. In an increasingly challenging world of production, clear communication and sharing of ideas will help all parties to navigate their way through challenges as they arise as well as improving innovation and creativity.” 

A BBC spokesperson said: “A strong, effective, working relationship between producers and directors is critical in ensuring the continued success of the UK creative industries and the BBC welcomes the opportunity to be involved as a core member of this new forum.”

Justine Rodgers, Director of Business Affairs and Rights Strategy, UK, at ITV Studios said: “This will provide a welcome opportunity for directors and producers to share expertise across the many aspects of production whilst also ensuring we maintain effective ongoing communication as our industry continues to evolve. We are incredibly pleased to be playing our part in bringing this forum together.”

Meeting for the first time next week, the Directors and Producers Forum will then meet at least twice a year. We will keep you informed of industry updates and developments that come from these meetings. 

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