UK TV Industry Slammed For Male-Only BAFTA Director Shortlists

The UK TV industry has attracted strong criticism from special interest groups and trade bodies after only one in 12 nominated directors bafta The TV Craft Awards were male.

We Are Doc Women Collective, which is currently calling on broadcasters to bring in a 50% gender quota for directors in factual shows, said it would approach major broadcasters and production houses over the “tragic and angry” lack of female representation , while Directors UK criticized the lack of opportunities for diverse talent in mid-level careers.

We Are Doc Women’s statement described the male-only nomination shock as “one step forward and two steps back”.

Following a similar incident the collective wrote to the BAFTAs in 2020 and last year’s Directors: Factual nominations crop was split 50/50, with Teresa Griffiths taking home the award for BBC Two. Lee Miller: A Life on the Front Line.

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The director: fiction list is also all male and there is only one female in the director: multi-camera category.

We Are Doc Women said: “While the BAFTAs and the rest of the TV and content industry are virtuous around diversity, it appears that female directors are still not making the list. demands industry-wide change from BAFTAs.”

In response, BAFTA Vice President Sarah Putt described the time frame’s progress in several areas under the Kraft name and in the emerging talent category, where the division, including writers and directors, is 50/50, “effectively enough to route through the entire talent pipeline.” Not translating from.”

Andy Harrower, who runs the UK trade body Directors UK, said that diverse makeup emerging talent Nominee is not reflected aTea Best Director Level.

According to Harrower, many initiatives focus on helping emerging talent But In the middle of his career he did not receive enough support, which is a major focus for Directors UK.

,It’s not about the particular set of nominations, it’s about the industry reflection they give us,” he added. “The challenge for our industry is how to create and maintain career paths.” existing and To help protect emerging talent from hitting the glass ceiling. ,

Putt continued: “We all need to see the barriers to further progress and ensure that we can provide women with a sustainable career path and opportunities to fulfill their potential; and we wholeheartedly Agree that more changes are needed in the industry.

“As an agent – ​​in my day job – I know this does not adequately reflect the talented women in our industry, and within the BAFTAs we look closely at this in terms of our entry requirements for the awards. We will also use data from this year’s entries to identify underrepresented areas that we will focus on in future BAFTA talent initiatives.”

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