John McVay

Larger indies drop share as UK market contracts

The amount of money generated by UK indies fell in the latest measurement period fell as with a drop in UK commissions and international revenues. After a decade of growth, in which indie revenues have grown 81%, the latest figures from industry trade group Pact reveal a 4.2% decline in total indie revenues of £2.9 […]

Pact: indies will suffer from BBC Three move

Pact has slammed the BBC Trust’s provisional decision approving the move of the BBC Three channel from linear to online. The UK indie producers’ trade association said the move would have a detrimental impact upon its members and give the BBC greater use of indie programming without additional payments to its members. “It appears the […]

PactUS makes first hire

The New US arm of UK indies body Pact has hired Matt Gould has its executive VP. The hire is the first PactUS has made since David Lyle was revealed as president of the body last month. Gould was most recently executive VP at UK indie Zig Zag Productions, where he worked with US broadcasters […]

PactUS formed with ex-Nat Geo chief Lyle

Former National Geographic Channel CEO David Lyle will be the inaugural president of UK indie trade body Pact’s stateside arm. Lyle (left) is currently establishing offices in New York and LA for PactUS, which will seek to give voice to the American indie television production community. He will hire staff to man these bases, and […]

UK commercial PSBs attacked over kids investment

UK indies trade body Pact and Teletubbies creator Anne Wood have come together to slam the level of investment in UK kids TV programming from commercial public broadcasters, claiming a “crisis” has developed. Pact and Wood’s Ragdoll Foundation have launched a campaign to address their concerns in a report titled ‘Children’s television – a crisis […]

Producers’ association PACT launching in the US

Pact, the industry association for UK producers, is setting up a new US-based body. Pact US will launch later this year and is about to recruit east and west coast execs to run the new association. The recruitment process is about to get underway, it said today. The new body will represent US producers as […]

Geater named Pact chair

Former FremantleMedia UK CEO Sara Geater has been named chairman of British indie production body Pact. Geater left FremantleMedia at the end of May this year, with Richard Holloway stepping up to replace her in the interim. No full-time replacement has been named at FremantleMedia, but Geater will now work alongside Pact CEO John McVay […]

Third of UK indie revenues now int’l

International revenues now account for almost a third of UK indies’ sales, new data shows, with the figure approaching £1 billion (US$1.6 billion). Global revenues grew 12% year-on-year in 2013 and accounted for £939 million in revenues, or 31% of the total, according to Pact’s Independent Production Sector Financial Census and Survey 2014. This is […]

Cohen terms comments ‘disappoint indie TV sector’

The body that represents UK indie prodcos has slammed comments from the BBC’s Danny Cohen (pictured) in which he said the pubcaster was would seek to alter terms of trade for super indie groups. The CEO of Pact, John McVay, said Cohen, the BBC’s director of television, appeared to have “misunderstood” the benefits of the […]

Indies welcome BBC quota move

The industry group representing UK indie producers has welcomed the BBC’s move to scrap programming quotas and allow its in-house production team to work with third-party broadcasters. The UK pubcaster’s director general Tony Hall (pictured) announced the changes yesterday and producers’ association Pact said it was a ‘seminal moment for licence fee payers’ and would […]