Published on: 07 October 2015 in Events

The Directors UK Conference: What is the future of directing?

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Join us at the first ever Directors UK Conference. This is your chance to shape the debate on the key issues which affect your future as a director.

WHEN: Saturday 10 October

WHERE: 1 Wimpole Street, W1G 0AE

Don’t miss your chance to shape the future of your industry and profession: BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW.

Not from London? We’ll pay for your travel. Contact us at events@directors.uk.com if you’d like to take advantage of this offer.

Conference Programme:

08.30 - 09.00:  Registration and breakfast

09.00 - 09.30:  Welcome from Directors UK Chair, Beryl Richards

09.30 - 10.45:  PAY

Hundreds of you responded to our recent pay survey; Ali Bailey, Head of Directors UK Campaigns, will reveal what the survey told us about the state of directors’ pay.

Steve Smith, Vice Chair of the Board and Head of our Entertainment and Multi-Camera Committee, will tell us how multi-camera directors have worked together, showing how organised and structured campaigning can be effective.

Andrew Chowns, Directors UK CEO: the coal face of negotiations. The recent Coronation Street pay negotiations with ITV Studios have been very important and constructive. Andrew will outline how this worked and what the obstacles were.

We know that MUCH MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE.

What should our priorities be? Are there specific things we can focus on alongside pay that will improve working conditions for directors? How should we relate to other crafts who work alongside us? How should we approach pay inequality?

HAVE YOUR SAY. TELL US WHAT YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED. TELL US WHAT YOU WANT.

10.45 - 11.15:  Coffee break

11.15 - 12.30:  WORKING CONDITIONS AND CREATIVE RIGHTS

Many directors have told us their creative rights and working conditions have changed. In some cases going so far as abusive practice or treatment.

To begin this session, Directors UK Chair Beryl Richards and Board member Paul Unwin will discuss what role the Directors UK/BBC Creative Rights Agreement plays in addressing this. Does the Creative Rights Agreement mean anything anymore?

Are things actually getting worse? Should we establish a new Directors UK Freelance Charter to improve your working experience? Should we operate a ‘black list’ of employers? Should we celebrate good practice? How do we protect each other? How should we support fair opportunities for all directors?

HAVE YOUR SAY. TELL US WHAT YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED. TELL US WHAT YOU WANT. 

12.30 - 14.00:  Lunch

14.00 - 15.00:  QUESTION TIME

Your chance to ask the Board and Senior Management team any question you like. What burning issue would you like to ask about?

If you’d like to submit a question in advance please email us at communications@directors.uk.com, or just ask your question on the day. 

15.00 - 15.30:  Afternoon break

15.30 - 16.45:  CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING

All our working environments are changing. Directors of all kinds face new technologies, new methodologies and new opportunities, but funding for training and for the institutions that support is under threat. This year Directors UK has created several of our own training initiatives geared to meet the needs of directors.

To begin this session: Victoria Morris, Head of Communications and Public Affairs will talk about Directors UK’s training and development initiatives, and Tom Roberts, DUK Vice-chair, will discuss the need to establish a Directors UK Academy.

Should we offer training all the way through a director’s career? What training would you like us to offer? How can you help?

HAVE YOUR SAY. TELL US WHAT YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED. TELL US WHAT YOU WANT. 

16.45 - 17.30:  Drinks 

17.30:  Finish

Don’t miss your chance to shape the future of your industry and profession: BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day. If you have any special dietary requirements, please contact us at events@directors.uk.com.

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