UK independent producers’ association Pact has appointed nine members to its council following its annual general meeting.
Among the five new members joining the Pact Council are Laura Marshall (pictured), MD of Icon Films; Richard Johnston, CEO of Endemol Shine UK; Helen Tonge, executive producer and MD of Title Role Productions; David Smith, MD of Matchlight; and Sarah Gregson, director of legal and business affairs at Banijay UK.
Joining the new appointees are re-elected members Wingspan Productions creative director Archie Baron, Zig Zag Productions CEO Danny Fenton, Samuelson Productions MD Marc Samuelson and Sixteen Films MD Rebecca O’Brien.
A new Pact Memorandum and Articles of Association was adopted in July that allowed all members not owned by a UK public service broadcaster to vote in, and stand for, Pact Council elections.
All posts are for a two-year term, running between January 2017 and December 2018.
Pact 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. The council most recently appointed All3Media COO Sara Geater as chair. Northern Ireland representative Kieran Doherty of Stellify Media and Welsh National representative Gillane Seabourne of Midnight Oil, meanwhile, were elected uncontested to their respective posts in November.
Pact’s Council election was conducted independently by Electoral Reform Services.
Elsewhere, Pact earlier this week welcomed a UK-China television co-production treaty at the 2016 UK-China High Level People to People Dialogue.
The agreement was inked ahead of Pact’s UK/China creative exchange program, which will focus on creating new business relationships with top Chinese TV executives. The British trade body most recently signed a letter of intent with Chinese broadcaster Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation (JSBC) in an attempt to open doors in China for UK indies.
The British trade body will bring 10 Chinese broadcast executives to the UK in February 2017 to work alongside two leading indies in an effort to bolster future partnerships.
Selected UK companies will host a Chinese delegate for two days, during which time the delegate will be immersed in the company’s operations and given time to work on ideas for possible future collaborations.
The initiative is supported by the UK government’s Prosperity Fund in China.