UK independent producers’ trade association Pact has launched the third edition of its UK-China Creative Exchange program.
The exchange program is a collaborative project aimed at fostering deeper relations between British and Chinese producers and to boost trade.
The 2019 UK-China Creative Exchange will see 11 executives from Chinese broadcasters and production companies journey to the UK for a week to co-create new programming ideas with UK partners.
British indies that have signed up to take part in the program include Jane Root‘s Nutopia, Screenstory, 3DD Productions, Mustang Films, Canuk Productions, The Media Pioneers, Pioneer Productions, Cloth Cat Animation and Cwmni Da.
During their UK visit, each Chinese executive will visit three participating indies across Britain to foster relationships and co-develop projects. The exchange program also includes a facilitated kick-off and wrap-up sessions in London to help support participants in developing joint ways of working.
Over the past eight years, Pact has initiated several missions and attended markets in China where they have introduced more than 100 UK production companies to Chinese broadcasters and producers.
The initiative is supported by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).
The UK-China Creative Exchange 2019 takes place from March 11 to 15 and begins in London. The deadline for registration is Feb. 10.
“Pact has always maintained that to grow meaningful relationships in this business, there needs to be a deeper level of understanding of each other’s cultures and working practices,” noted Pact’s director of international strategy Dawn McCarthy-Simpson in a statement. “This scheme will benefit UK indies who are looking to expand their businesses into new markets.”