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 […]

Pact sets legal framework for UK-China co-pros

Pact, the UK producers trade association, has established a new legal framework designed to protect the sharing of confidential ideas and intellectual property between UK-Chinese co-production partners. The new framework is designed to foster deeper collaboration between British and Chinese content producers and stimulate trade by protecting and promoting the co-creation of ideas. Pact’s new […]

China’s new TV frontier offers short-form opportunity

Ahead of UK trade body Pact’s UK China Creative Exchange event in London next week, Danny Fenton, CEO of Zig Zag Productions, urges producers to look to China for a new frontier of opportunity, including lucrative new avenues for short-form content.  Geographically speaking, you’d be hard pressed to find an area of our industry quite […]

Pact to open Leeds post to support TV growth in UK’s nations and regions

UK trade body Pact is set to open a new office in Leeds to aid members of the organisation from the nations and regions to grow their businesses. Pact will open its new office, which will host a new ‘out of London’ (OoL) team by summer 2019. The new positions will be tasked with doing […]

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