Writers & Directors Worldwide is an umbrella organisation that provides a cooperation, networking and support forum for dramatic, literary and audiovisual creators in all regions of the world.
It helps to facilitate the sharing of ideas, information, best practices and practical advice to defend authors’ rights in these important artistic repertoires. The history of this creators’ council stretches back almost 50 years to the formation of the International Councils of Dramatic Authors and Composers (CIAD) and of Literary Authors (CIADL) in 1966.
These bodies went on to merge and form the group that was renamed Writers & Directors Worldwide in 2014.
Writers & Directors Worldwide is made up entirely of creators from dramatic, literary and audiovisual societies around the world and its chair is French author and screenwriter, Yves Nilly.
Through regular working group and executive committee meetings, the group acts as an advisory body to CISAC, providing specific experience and expertise as well as the vital “voice of the creator” upon which both organisations are founded.
Writers & Directors Worldwide is dedicated to supporting the rights of dramatic, literary and audiovisual creators in all regions of the world
“The only way to maintain a sustainable creative industry is to guarantee a fair remuneration to authors for every use and re-use of their back catalogue”
Our Work for Writers and Directors
Blockbuster writers and directors make up a tiny percentage of the creators working in the industry. For the vast majority, the nature of their work often encompasses long, single and sometimes speculative projects with the flow of income neither constant nor assured.
Their livelihoods depend upon fair payment. The next generation of creators, those struggling to initiate and launch new projects, especially need to be supported. The key challenges facing creators across all regions of the world today include:
Our authors entertain millions across the world by creating films, TV series, books and theatre plays. But without fair remuneration, their contribution to culture, diversity and the economy is in jeopardy. The overwhelming majority of creators in this sector are self-employed individuals who can be forced to leave the industry if they cannot make a living from their art. The impact on the next generation of authors is equally severe. The protection of authors’ rights is the solution.Yves Nilly