Books to Broaden Young Minds - Educational Writers Award shortlist announced

18/11/2015

The five titles on the shortlist for the 2015 ALCS Educational Writers’ Award, announced today, are outstanding examples of non-fiction books which broaden the horizons of readers aged 5-11 years, as they illuminate young minds about animal food chains, the intricacies of maths, the First World War, the vastness of space and our own wide world.

Adjusting the Colour Balance: Report shows lack of diversity among UK TV directors

18/11/2015

New research UK Television – Adjusting the Colour Balance, carried out by Directors UK, has revealed that only 1.5% of UK television productions are made by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) directors, who are being given a far smaller proportion of directing opportunities than their white counterparts. The report also highlights the fact that BAME directors across UK TV makes up just 3.5% of the directing community, proving a distinct need to support and develop directors from BAME backgrounds.

Belgian ruling on collecting society revenues

18/11/2015

The Court of Justice of the European Union issued judgement last week in the case of Hewlett-Packard Belgium SPRL v Reprobel SCRL, intervener Epson Europe BV. The case concerns the use of electronic copying devices to make multiple copies of works in the context of the rules established under the EU Copyright Directive that provide for compensation when copies are made pursuant to copyright exceptions for educational or private use.

PLR set to increase next year after library loans 'fall’

18/11/2015

The Public Lending Right (PLR) rate will increase next year after the British Library's Board proposed that the current rate of 6.66 pence per loan should increase to 7.67 pence. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has said it intends to accept the British Library recommendation.

URGENT REMINDER: update your works! Journals deadline: 30 November 2015

18/11/2015

The deadline for journal article claims is now fast approaching, with the next distribution of fees to Members due to take place in March 2016.

"Television Writing: Women's Work?" WGGB Debate

18/11/2015

Does being a woman working in television help or hinder? A debate on this subject – and more – will take place at a special Writers' Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) event on Wednesday 25 November 2015 in Leeds.