Fifty UK indies set for Realscreen Summit

UK trade body Pact and 50 of its indie member companies feature among the more than 200 British executives heading to the Realscreen Summit in Washington DC next week.
January 21, 2015

UK trade body Pact and 50 of its indie member companies feature among the more than 200 British executives heading to the Realscreen Summit in Washington DC next week.

The huge overseas contingent represents roughly 8% of the estimated 2,700 delegates set to attend this year’s Summit, arriving from 26 countries.

Pact will once again be transforming the McClellan’s Sports Bar at the Washington Hilton into The British Pub, as a place for UK execs to hold meetings with fellow delegates.

In addition, UK Trade & Investment, Pact, and British Ambassador to the United States Sir Peter Westmacott will be hosting an invite-only embassy event at the Ambassador’s private residence in DC on the evening of January 27, to celebrate the start of the Summit.

Dawn McCarthy-Simpson, head of international at Pact, said: “There is a great global love affair with British TV and North America is the UK’s biggest single international market for independent production companies, with potential for even more growth. So there’s no better place for UK producers to market their wares.

“Pact has a longstanding relationship with Realscreen and for the past four years, with support from UKTI, we have taken large delegations of indies. The success that they achieve there means that they keep coming back for more.”

In addition to the Pact-affiliated indies, three Welsh companies – Avanti, Midnight Oil and Green Bay – are going to the Summit this year under a Welsh Scheme called Kick Start, supported by S4C, the Welsh government and Skillset.

TCB Media Rights, Rare Day and Testimony Films will be among the UK indies that will be launching titles at the Summit, with the latter bringing its acclaimed doc The Paedophile Next Door, which was broadcast on Channel 4 at the end of 2014, to the international market for the first time.

Also returning to the Summit will be Mallinson Sadler Productions, which secured a pair of National Geographic Channel US commissions – Drain the Titanic and Drain the Bermuda Triangle – at last year’s event.

In a statement, MSP MD Crispin Sadler said the Realscreen Summit “really works for us – the proof being not one National Geographic special commissioned, but two.”

Other UK indies attending the Summit include Antidote Media, Back2back, Blast Films, Clear Story, Curve Media, Daisy Beck Studios, Espresso TV, Hurricane Films, Icon Films, Lambent Productions, Nine Lives, Nutopia, Rare Day, Scorpion TV, Tern TV, Wag TV, Warehouse 51 Productions and Zig Zag Productions

  • The 2015 Realscreen Summit takes place at the Washington Hilton from January 27-30. For more information, click here.
About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.