Netflix & Disney+ take UK revenues to record $4.9bn, but Pact warns of 2023 downturn

Streaming commissions from Netflix, Disney+ and Apple TV+ helped push TV production revenues in the UK to their highest ever levels, but UK trade body Pact has warned that the picture next year is likely to look very different. The 2023 Pact Census reported TV sector revenues had risen 21% on 2021’s figures to reach […]

UK could soon face actors strike, warns Equity chief, as SAG-AFTRA welcomes solidarity

UK actors may strike within the next 12 months, Equity chief Paul Fleming has warned, pointing to unrest within the British TV industry mirroring the situation in the US. Fleming, who is general secretary of UK actors guild Equity, said that the organisation “may well be heading into our own industrial dispute over the next […]

UK’s ITV & Pact agree new streaming-focused trade terms

UK comcaster ITV and screen body Pact have agreed a new terms of trade deal tailored for the streaming era. Under the new agreement, producers will continue to own the underlying IP to their ideas, whilst benefiting from a more favourable net position, streamlined processes and enhanced tariffs, particularly for independent producers new to ITV, […]

UK trade body Pact recruits head of international from government

UK screen trade body Pact has appointed Ross Lewis as its head of international and projects. Starting on 11 September, Lewis will be responsible for working with members across the UK to help them develop their export potential, discover global opportunities by addressing any trade barriers such as regulatory or access, and seeking new business […]

Pact’s global strategy & business development MD Dawn McCarthy-Simpson to retire

Dawn McCarthy-Simpson, the MD of business development & global strategy at Pact, is retiring at the end of October after 16 years at the UK trade body. McCarthy-Simpson has overseen all facets of Pact’s international work and more recently managed the opening of its new office in the UK city of Leeds. Pact said it […]

‘Traitors’ producer Stephen Lambert & Banijay UK chief Holland on C4 in-house proposals

The Traitors producer Stephen Lambert has said he “wouldn’t have a problem” with in-house production at UK broadcaster Channel 4 (C4) and has joined industry leaders including Banijay UK chief Patrick Holland and Fulwell 73’s MD Leo Pearlman in welcoming the decision to scrap plans to privatise the broadcaster. The news to abandon the sale […]

TBI’s 2023 Predictions: James Burstall, CEO, Argonon

As the new year gets underway, TBI talks to some of the biggest names in the global TV industry to get their thoughts on the major trends and best shows coming up in the next 12 months. Here, James Burstall, CEO of Argonon, talks climate change, a podcast push and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The […]

News round-up: ANZ broadcasters’ content deals; Broadway Licensing takes Florence Foster Jenkins & Radioman docs; Trioscope gains Krafton funding  

ANZ broadcasters’ content deals Broadcasters and platforms across Australia and New Zealand have acquired close to 400 combined hours of content, following deals with distributor Abacus Media Rights. SBS Australia has picked up titles including The Rise and Fall Of Boris Becker (working title), This Is Joan Collins;, Ross Kemp: Shipwreck Treasure Hunters and Jeremy Pang’s Asian […]

UK’s Pact & Bectu strike TV drama production framework deal after year of talks

UK broadcasting union Bectu and producer trade body Pact have struck a new agreement regulating members’ work on TV dramas, after almost a year of ongoing negotiations. The deal, which runs for three years, means Bectu members working on UK independent scripted TV drama will be engaged under new terms from 1 January 2023, after […]

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