UK broadcasters & trade bodies launch fund to close unscripted skills gaps

UK broadcasters, along with industry-led skills body ScreenSkills and trade body Pact, have teamed up to launch the new Unscripted TV Skills Fund, to address skills gaps and shortages in unscripted television across the country, with plans to increase training investment from £370,000 to £3 million per year by 2024. The BBC, Channel 4, Sky, A+E […]

Raise The Roof exec Jane Muirhead to vice-chair Pact Council

UK screen trade association Pact has appointed Raise The Roof co-founder Jane Muirhead as vice-chair of the Pact Council. The council oversees the work of the trade body, signing off budgets and financial plans, as well as agreeing the organisation’s policies, campaigns, terms of trade and collective agreements. Muirhead will take up her new post […]

UK drama drives record-breaking export figure to $2bn

UK dramas such as Chernobyl, His Dark Materials and The Feed have powered the country’s TV exports to a record-breaking £1.48bn ($2bn) in revenue over the past year, according to figures revealed today. Scripted series such as ITV Studios The War Of The Worlds and BBC Studios veteran drama Doctor Who accounted for 48% of all revenue, helping to push […]

TBI Weekly: Five takeaways from the UK production census

UK trade body Pact today unveiled its annual production census, revealing record figures driven largely by international commissions. Here, we explore five key findings. Global relevance One of the stand-out finding from Pact’s UK Production Census 2020 was the huge growth of revenue driven by international commissions. These were up by 40% on 2018, from […]

Global spending drives UK production to record revenues of $4.2bn

UK television production revenues hit a record high of £3.3bn ($4.2bn) during 2019 driven largely by international commissions which showed huge growth over the past year, according to UK producer body Pact. International revenues broke £1bn in 2019 for the first time, with income from sales and commissions from outside of the UK up 30% […]

Exclusive: Argonon CEO hits out at UK government for insurance delay

Argonon CEO James Burstall has said that delays in launching the UK’s £500m ($650m) insurance production fund were a “tragic missed opportunity” that cost jobs, adding that the UK government has a “lack of belief” in the country’s creative industries. Burstall – whose UK- and US-based group includes Masked Singer producer Bandicoot, factual outfit Windfall […]

UK TV industry welcomes $650m Covid-19 insurance fund

UK producers and broadcasters have welcomed a long-awaited £500m ($650m) government-backed scheme designed to help domestic film and TV productions struggling to get Covid-19 related insurance. The announcement from the UK’s chancellor Rishi Sunak and minister for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Oliver Dowden is expected to kickstart productions worth upwards of £1bn, with […]

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. […]

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