Writers and Directors worldwide (W&D) is an international not-for-profit organization that works to protect the rights of writers and directors working in the audiovisual, literary and dramatic repertoires.
Their history 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 in 2014 was renamed Writers & Directors Worldwide. Today W&D is active in all regions of the world to facilitate the sharing of ideas, information and best practice to defend authors’ rights in these important artistic repertoires.
Writers & Directors Worldwide is led by creators from dramatic, literary and audiovisual societies around the world and the president is French Screenwriter, Yves Nilly. They act directly to support creators in all regions and in addition, act as an advisory body to the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC). They are also an official observer to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights.