Pact to open Leeds office; launches accelerator programs

UK independent producers’ association Pact is set to open a new Leeds-based office by Summer 2019. The office in the North of England will host Pact’s new Out of London (OoL) team. ...
February 19, 2019

UK independent producers’ association Pact is set to open a new Leeds-based office by Summer 2019.

The office in the North of England will host Pact’s new Out of London (OoL) team. The team, which will initially be comprised of two to three positions, will be responsible for supporting Pact’s OoL members expand their businesses, win more commissions, and tap into the growing international market.

The new role will work with members in all of the production centers around the UK and will report into the newly created business development and global department led by Dawn McCarthy-Simpson.

In addition to opening a new office in Leeds, Pact is set to launch business accelerator and production accelerator initiatives to compliment the company’s current export accelerator program. The aim of these new free member services is to help companies scale faster or avoid pitfalls that come from running a small company.

The business accelerator will focus on educating indies on business management, including access to finance, cash flow and attracting investment. Meanwhile, the production accelerator will help those companies looking to improve their creative output better manage production flow and ensure they are exploiting their IP effectively.

This suite of services will be delivered through workshops, webinars, mentoring and new online platforms similar to the export accelerator.

With 50% of total UK original programming spend in the UK’s Nations and Regions, all policy issues will be taken forward by the current Pact policy executive, CEO and Pact council. By doing so, the trade organization said that this move will “ensure key debates and issues facing OoL members are supported at the highest level of the organization.”

“The TV landscape in the UK is changing and with more original programming spend in the Nations and Regions it makes absolute sense for Pact to expand its services to ensure that it is able to assist its members across the whole of the UK,” said Pact chair Sara Geater in a statement. “These new services show a real commitment from Pact to its members in helping them access a wealth of information and opportunities to build successful businesses.”

“We know from member feedback that there is a need for specialist help and advice for small indies to grow their businesses and as the trade body for indies across the UK, we know that we are best placed to provide this help,” added Pact CEO  John McVay (pictured). “Opening up a Leeds office is a natural step given the way in which the market is traveling, and we look forward to engaging more with our members across the UK”.

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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.