Andrew Chowns - Chief Executive
Andrew worked extensively for a number of years within ITV, the UK’s main commercial TV channel, and in 1993 became the Controller of Legal and Business Affairs for ITV Network Centre. In 1998 he was charged with launching the digital channel ITV2 and went on to become the channel’s Commercial Director.
Andrew became the Head of Business Affairs and Deputy Chief Executive of Pact in 2001 (the trade association representing over 500 UK independent film television and digital media producers and distributors). In 2006 he became Chief Operating Officer and Director of Business Affairs for Pact, and was responsible for overseeing the terms of trade with broadcasters, negotiations with unions and collecting societies and other major business affairs matters.
Andrew was appointed chief executive of Directors UK in 2010. He has overseen the organisation’s transition from primarily being a collecting society to a fully-fledged professional association for all screen directors in the UK. You can email Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org
Favourite Film: Singing in the Rain
Favourite TV programme: Frasier
Favourite Quote: “Allegations, allegations, allegations... and I’m going to find out who the alligators are” (Showbiz agent Eric Hall)
Simone Cammarota - Head of Distribution
Sim started working for Directors UK in 2005 as a Distributions Assistant before becoming Head of Distribution in 2008. He is responsible for managing the Distributions Team and ensuring that payments are distributed accurately, efficiently and transparently.
He has a BA in Modern History. Email him at email@example.com
TV Programme: Sopranos
Quote: “Eleven. Exactly. One louder” (Spinal Tap)
Nikki Hopper - Manager of Foreign Collections
Nikki has worked at Directors UK for 10 years and is responsible for all aspects of the collection and distribution of members’ payments from foreign collecting societies. Prior to joining, she worked in publicity and marketing for various film companies including Warner Bros. and Artificial Eye.
Quote: “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” (Jaws)
Amanda Parker - Head of Communications and Public Affairs
Working with the Web and Events team, Amanda has responsibility for Directors UK’s Press, PR and Public Affairs. Her external communications brief covers campaigning on behalf of members, and raising the profile of the vital role played by directors in the cultural and economic life of the UK. Prior to joining in 2012, Amanda previously worked as a parliamentary researcher, as the communications lead for a screen writers’ initiative, and as a programme-maker and projects manager at the BBC.
Film: Four Lions
Quote: “Gotta sing! Gotta dance!” (Singin' in the Rain)
Victoria Morris - Head of Communications and Public Affairs
Victoria looks after our external communications including Press, PR and Public Affairs and works with the Web and Events teams. Victoria joined Directors UK in August 2008 having previously worked in programme making at the BBC and in Regional and Public Affairs at Carlton (ITV).
Film: The Big Blue / Slumdog Millionaire
TV Programme: Scrubs
Quote: “He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy” (Life of Brian)
Alison Bailey - Head of Campaigning
Alison joined Directors UK in 2014 and previously worked at the Citizens Advice Service where she headed up the new national Campaigns team. Alison has led on campaigning, influencing work and strategy development for organisations spanning the private, public and charity sectors. Alison is responsible for designing and delivering Directors UK’s campaigning strategy and works in close collaboration with the Communications & Public Affairs and Digital teams.
TV Programme: The Thick of It
Quote: “You are the music while the music lasts” (T. S Eliot)
Charlotte Brotherton - Head of Legal Affairs
Charlotte joined Directors UK in August 2011 having been previously Head of Legal Affairs at the sales agent The Works International. She is responsible for providing legal advice and services to staff and members, including contract vetting and assisting with the lobbying activities of Directors UK.
Charlotte originally qualified with London law firm Goodman Derrick in 2005 where she was involved in TV and Film financing transactions, production and rights issues. You can email Charlotte at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Film: Kind Hearts and Coronets
TV programme: Blackadder/ Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth, obviously…
Quote: “Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”
Khwanyo Bu - Executive Assistant to the CEO and Office Manager
Khwan is Assistant to Andrew and the general office manager at Directors UK. She assists and supports Andrew in his role whilst overseeing the general day to day running of the office. Khwanyo has been with DUK for a number of years, having joined the company as a fresh-faced graduate back in 2007 as a Distributions Assistant. You can email Khwan at email@example.com.
Film: Rear Window
TV programme: Mad Men
Quote: “What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out.” (Alfred Hitchcock)
Abigail Berry - Membership Services and Events Officer
Originally a West Country girl, Abi joined Directors UK as a Distributions Assistant in 2011 from a Film Studies background after doing a Masters in London. Abi thinks the organisation is one of most important facilities in sustaining the UK film industry, helping to support directors and keep them producing a great variety of moving image work.
TV programme: Sherlock
Quote: “Oh stewardess, I speak jive..” (Airplane)
Tendai Chitawuro - Communications Team Assistant
Tendai’s role is to provide administrative and events assistance across a programme of events, benefits and services for Directors UK members. She has previous experience within the media and events industry.
Film: Anything animated
TV programme: My Wife and Kids (but most sitcoms/romcoms/just comedy and most Korean dramas)
Quote: “I believe the most important single thing beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare” (Maya Angelou)
Ash Mann - Website and Social Media Manager
Ash joined Directors UK in March 2014 having previously worked at digital agencies, as a freelancer and in-house at Leeds Metropolitan University and Opera North. He is responsible for the website you’re currently using and, more widely, manages Directors UK’s digital presence. Outside work his time is mainly spent at the cinema, cycling, running and readjusting to the South after a decade spent living in Yorkshire.
Film: Pan’s Labyrinth
TV Programme: The Office (U.S)
Quote: “We're all on the brink of despair, all we can do is look each other in the face, keep each other company, joke a little... Don't you agree?” (La grande bellezza)
Marc Abbs - Website and Social Media Co-Ordinator
Marc began working at Directors UK as a Distribution Assistant in 2010, joining the web team in 2014. As well as working on the website and DUK's social media outlets he is responsible for gathering and manipulating data as part of the company's research projects.
Film: Lost in Translation
TV programme: Six Feet Under
Quote: ‘She was born in 1898 in a barn. She died on the thirty-seventh floor of a skyscraper. She’s an astronaut’ – (Bert Cooper, Mad Men)
Laura Lucia - Distribution Supervisor
Laura joined Directors UK in Spring 2010 and has enjoyed overseeing the mass distributions to members. She is a big TV fan, and an even bigger theatre fan; but only for special occasions. TV is an everyday pleasure.
Film: Bugsy Malone
TV Programme: Desperate Housewives
Quote: How can they see with sequins in their eyes? – (Billy Flynn, Chicago)
Selina Ali - Distribution Supervisor
Selina graduated in 2004 with a Ba (Hons) in Music Industry Management & Popular Music, and joined DUK in 2011. A background in music publishing and a big love for music and film prompted her to leap into the realms of TV administration.
Back from a maternity year to work alongside Laura on large pending projects aside from the distribution process, she also works with the Head of Distribution and Distributions Manager micro-managing assistants' individuals projects. Principle tasks include dealing with director members’ queries on matters relating to payments, work registrations, VAT, EC Sales.
TV Programme: Breaking Bad
Quote: 'No one knows what it means, but it's provocative. It gets the people going' – (Will Ferrell/Chazz, Blades of Glory)
Rosie Stevens - Membership Officer
Rosie has worked at DUK since 2010, starting out as a Distributions Assistant before moving into the role of Membership Officer in April 2012. She was born and raised a North Londoner, and studied Classics at Bristol University.
Film: The Red Shoes
TV Programme: The Wire
Quote: “Fasten your seatbelts, we’re in for a bumpy night.” (All About Eve)
James Ellen - Senior Distributions Assistant
James has worked at Directors UK since 2006, distributing payments to its members. When not at work, he trains and teaches martial arts to all ages and has an interest in the traditions of the art as well as the sports side.
Film: Blade Runner
TV programme: Community
Quote: “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.” (The Simpsons)
Sam Hoy - Distributions Assistant
Sam is a Distributions Assistant at Directors UK, which involves a lot of spreadsheets, data processing and television monitoring to ensure that our members are appropriately recompensated for transmissions of their work in the UK and in Europe. Sam joined in August 2011.
Film: La Haine
TV Programme: The Simpsons
Quote: "You just gotta keep on livin' man. L-I-V-I-N." (Dazed and Confused)
Kate Parish - Distributions Assistant
Kate studied English Literature at the University of East Anglia, and has a Masters in Medieval and Early Modern Textual Cultures. She watches a lot of TV (dramas, sitcoms, detective series), and has loved going to the cinema ever since she was little and her Dad took her to see Disney’s Aladdin. She joined Directors UK in October 2012 as a Distributions Assistant, and is happy to finally be contributing in some way to an industry she enjoys so much.
Film: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
TV Programme: Friends
Quote: "I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve." (Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring)
Lucy Matthes-Buck - Distributions Assistant
Lucy joined the Distribution team at Directors UK in October 2013, where she facilitates the distribution of payments to members. She graduated from the University of Sussex with a BA in Art History, and has enjoyed living in Brighton by the seaside ever since.
Film: Intolerable Cruelty
TV Programme: The Sopranos
Quote: "Surely you can’t be serious! I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley." (Airplane)
Joseph Harmer - Distributions Assistant
Joseph joined Directors UK in April 2014, and is enjoying living and working in London after spending most of his life in Cambridge. He graduated with a degree in physics from the University of Leeds in 2012, and outside of work enjoys writing and watching dated films.
Film: The Third Man
TV Programme: Black Books
Quote: "Closer than that, Walter." (Double Indemnity)