Daniel Minahan first started working on what would eventually become Netflix’s limited series “Halston” two decades ago. The idea first started out as a feature film pitch, which he brought to every production company — which then almost universally turned him down. With his vision now streaming on Netflix as a limited series, Minahan is thankful for having waited until having the chance to tell the story the way he wanted to.

“Living with this material for so long gave me an advantage,” the director and executive producer said. “I could answer almost any question. I maybe knew a little bit too much about the material in some cases and drove my department heads crazy, but it was really fun and important to me to be able to recreate that world with such exacting detail.”

Netflix directors joined Deputy TV editor Michael Schneider in the Variety Streaming Room Presented by Netflix to discuss how they brought their creative visions to life.

Panelists included Minahan; Aziz Ansari, writer, director, executive producer and star of “Master of None”; Julie Anne Robinson, director and executive producer of “Bridgerton”; and Ben Caron, director and executive producer of “The Crown.”

Robinson spoke on her experience working on a period drama for the first time, saying she loved learning about the dancing and etiquette of Regency-era Britain.

“The great thing about being a director is that you’re always plunged into completely new and different situations that you can immerse yourself in,” Robinson said.

Caron, who helms Netflix’s other major British period drama, mentioned “The Crown’s” unique evolution over four seasons, with major actors leaving and coming in.

“[Actors] bring a different sort of DNA to the show, so I guess that’s what I love about ‘The Crown,'” Caron said. “It sort of refreshes itself and keeps me on my toes.”

Ansari talked about the more serious Season 3 of “Master of None,” which focuses on Lena Waithe’s character Denise and marks a sharp departure from the series’ early seasons.

“I’d always kept up with Lena, and we had a lot of conversations about our life and relationships and all that stuff,” Ansari said. “So I knew that if we kind of pushed those conversations, there would be a lot of interesting things that we could write a story about.”

He continued, “The idea of doing something very quiet that has the goal of pulling you in, and doing it with this very modern story, that felt like an exciting challenge.”