ATF 2019: Is China still a land of rising opportunity?

China might seem to offer huge audiences and potentially boundless riches, but recent developments have underlined the fast-changing nature of its TV ecosystem. Richard Middleton reports For the past couple of years, China has largely been seen as a land of opportunity, albeit one that was fairly tricky to access and problematic even once you […]

Drama propels UK exports to record high of $1.8bn as global SVOD sales surge

UK dramas such as Bodyguard and Killing Eve helped to propel the country’s TV exports to record sales of £1.4bn ($1.8bn) during 2018/19, while worldwide deals between UK companies and global SVOD’s surged by more than 50% over the same period. The figures, revealed today in UK trade body Pact’s TV Exports Report, show that […]

TBI Weekly: Do producers have a “gun to their heads” over BritBox?

As international revenues for the UK’s TV production sector reach unprecedented levels, there is a battle brewing closer to home ahead of BritBox’s launch later this year, with trade body Pact claiming that producers have a “gun to their heads” over rights.   Major changes to BBC VOD platform iPlayer that see the 30-day catch-up window […]

Streamers push UK production revenues past £3bn mark for first time

UK TV production revenues broke the £3bn ($3.7bn) mark for the first time in 2018 with SVOD revenues accounting for a whopping 40% of all international gains, according to the latest Census figures from trade body Pact.  According to the annual Pact Census of the TV landscape, conducted via a financial survey of Pact members, […]

Exclusive: BBC ‘bullying and immoral’ in iPlayer rights demands

The BBC has been employing “bullying and immoral” tactics against production companies as it looks to secure extended rights for its iPlayer service, according to the CEO of UK producer body Pact. John McVay told TBI that Pact, which represents more than 550 production members in the UK, was “still in the trenches” with the […]

Argonon Group appoints Pact exec to head legal

Argonon Group has appointed former Pact exec Amanda Goddard as group director of legal and business affairs. The newly created role has a remit of developing and leading corporate legal strategy across the business – whose portfolio includes Leopard USA, Remedy Productions, Windfall Films, BriteSpark Films and Bandicoot – as well as oversight and support […]

Pact UK unveils accelerator programmes alongside Leeds HQ

UK trade body Pact has unveiled two accelerator programmes for producers based outside London on the back of launching a regional headquarters in Leeds. The Business Accelerator is focused on enabling producers to better run their business from a commercial perspective, and will see Pact offer a free range of services, such as one-to-one advice, […]

TBI Weekly: Brexit fallout signals more competition for UK businesses

One week away from the UK’s Brexit deadline, it remains unclear what the country’s quest to exit the European Union really means, but one thing industry players are certain of is that an exit from the territory will ensure more competition for the UK’s production and broadcast businesses. While many are reluctant to catastrophise over […]

Chinese think tank seeks UK partner for $1.5m doc

A Chinese think tank is searching for a UK specialist production company to partner with on a new documentary project worth $1.5m (£1.2m). The senior producer of the documentary project Ms Huang Wei is visiting London this week as a participant in Pact’s UK China Creative Exchange programme with the aim of collaborating with a […]

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