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Improving career opportunities for women directors

Directors UK and the BBC have agreed a working partnership to improve career opportunities for women directors in television. BBC Talent Executive Jo Hatley has lead amongst internal commissioners, producers and senior decision makers, to explore factors contributing to the employment pattern of women directing BBC produced programmes. The research took place during April and May 2013. 

The move is a result of Directors UK’s initiative to work with broadcasters and production houses. The BBC and Directors UK will work together to address how best to improve our position on female directors; the aim is to devise a simple action plan that is deliverable and sustainable based on some of our success stories. 

Directors UK CEO Andrew Chowns welcomed the partnership: “It is clear from our own research and from reports from our members that there is under-representation of women directors in certain TV production genres.  We want to find out why this is happening and to see what can be done to remove any unfair barriers to fair opportunities.  We think it is happening with all producers, and the best way to tackle this is in partnership with them, so I am pleased that we are working with the BBC and that we will come up with some practical and effective action”.