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UK takes ‘significant step’ as Covid-19 production blueprint unveiled

The UK’s major broadcasters including the BBC, ITV and Sky have unveiled new industry-wide guidelines for producing TV, as the business attempts to work around Covid-19 restrictions. Channel 4, Channel 5, Scotland’s STV, news and factual producer ITN, the Association for Commercial Broadcasters and On-Demand Services (COBA) and producer body Pact have also joined the […]

BBC & Pact strike terms of trade deal, ending long-running iPlayer dispute

The BBC and UK producer body Pact have agreed a far-reaching new terms of trade deal to enable the public broadcaster to offer programming for 12 months via its iPlayer streamer. The agreement, which has been in the works for a year, means the BBC will receive an automatic 12 month iPlayer window on all […]

UK broadcasters & Pact call for freelance support

UK broadcasters and producers have called on the culture secretary to ensure that TV industry freelancers will qualify for financial support during the Coronavirus crisis. The government announced a package of support last week, but leading industry figures still have concerns that a swathe of those employed in the TV sector will not be covered. […]

Production bodies call for gov’t support as Covid-19 impacts

Production communities around the world have been left reeling as the impact of Coronavirus-enforced shutdowns begins to be felt, with more than 100,000 job losses in the US alone. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), a US union body representing 140,000 people working in TV and film production, said it had approved a […]

Coronavirus hits more events as European producers call for support

Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the international TV industry with shows and events cancelled around the world, while unions and European producer organisations have called for more government support. Hot Docs joins growing list of cancelled events Canada’s factual-focused Hot Docs, due to run 30 April-10 May in Toronto, is among the latest events […]

Earning potential

Annual export figures reveal the UK to be keeping pace with global demand for content across genres The global plans for US-based streamers might have been the story of the past year but UK producers and their eye-catching shows continue to provide fuel for the country’s surging export numbers. Drama was again the frontrunner in […]

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 […]

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