Press Release


28 June 2021

Directors UK is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Sharp in the newly created role of Director of Licensing. 

Directors UK represents over 7,800 directors, the majority of TV and film directors working in the UK. Collecting and distributing royalties and residuals for our members and ensuring they are paid fairly for the use of their works is at the heart of what we do. Our members’ works are being consumed more than ever across multiple existing and emerging platforms, but simultaneously we have seen creators’ rights being increasingly challenged. In recognition of this changing landscape, we’re enhancing how we can best protect directors’ rights. The Director of Licensing will play a key role in ensuring our members are fairly compensated for all uses of their work as it continues to be enjoyed by audiences in new ways. 

Paul joins Directors UK from the Royal Opera House where he has been leading the negotiations of fees, contracts and rights packages for all international production activity and has extensive experience of complex rights management in both live performance and associated media release.  

Directors UK CEO Andy Harrower added: “Paul will be leading our negotiations with broadcasters, producers and online platforms to ensure that our screen director members are paid fairly for the uses of their creations across all media. With Paul’s commercial experience and knowledge of complex rights deals, we will be well placed to secure the value that creators deserve - I am very excited to be working with him on this.
Speaking of his appointment Paul said: “I am hugely looking forward to joining Andy and the talented team at Directors UK and have been impressed and energised by their palpable commitment to representing the interests of screen directors. I am eager to play an active part in realising the vision of this vitally important organisation and to work through the challenges and opportunities provided by the evolving media landscape to best protect the value of directors' rights.

    About Directors UK
    Directors UK is the professional association of UK screen directors. It is a membership organisation representing the creative, economic and contractual interests of over 7,800 members – the majority of working TV and film directors in the UK. Directors UK negotiates rights deals and collects and distributes royalties to its members. It also campaigns and lobbies on its members’ behalf and provides a range of services including legal advice, events and career development. Directors UK works closely with fellow organisations around the world to represent directors’ rights and concerns, promotes excellence in the craft of direction and champions change to the current landscape to create an equal opportunity industry for all. 

Charlie Coombes

Head of PR and Corporate Communications

[email protected]

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