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BBC to research why there are fewer women TV directors

BBC to research why there are fewer women TV directors
Pippa Considine
13 March 2013

Directors UK and the BBC have announced an initiative to investigate the under representation of women as TV directors.
As part of its ongoing working partnership with Directors UK, the BBC has appointed talent executive Jo Hatley to lead on research amongst internal commissioners, producers and senior decision makers, to explore factors contributing to the employment pattern of women directing BBC produced programmes.

The move is a result of Directors UK’s strategy to work with broadcasters and production houses to explore ways of increasing the number of women working as directors across film and television.

BBC head of Creative Resources Ian Critchley said, “this work addresses 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.”

The research will take place during April and May 2013.

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