Under both of its distribution schemes, Directors UK administers payments to the principal director of a programme or film. However, increasingly some types of programme contain more than one director credit making it difficult to identify which is the principal credit. The Distribution Committee of Directors UK have devised guidelines for Directors UK staff to aid them in identifying who the principal director is in these instances.
Order of identification:
Revisited Director (eg Grand Designs Revisited)
Payment will be split 50:50 between originating and revisiting directors unless the directors concerned agree a different division and submit details in writing to Directors UK.
Where there is only a credit for Producer and/or Series Producer (i.e. no director credit) payment will not be allocated under the UK Distribution Scheme. We are aware that the absence of a Director credit usually means that the Producer (or Series Producer) performed both functions. However, an individual Producer is not an author under UK Copyright legislation and, therefore, not entitled to payment under our UK Distribution Scheme. It is important that members check their credits and contract carefully.
In the event of there being a dispute between directors as to how payment for a production should be shared, no payments will be issued until all of the directors concerned have resolved the dispute and advised Directors UK in writing as to how payments should be divided.
If you have any queries with regards to the above please contact Marc Abbs at email@example.com