UK producers trade association Pact has unveiled a new legal framework for handling intellectual property and confidentiality in UK and Chinese co-productions.
The framework adds a suite of legal and logistics documents featured in the UK-China Film & TV Toolkit, all in compliance with UK and Chinese law. It was developed with the UK’s intellectual property attaché to China based in the British Embassy in Beijing and the British Film Institute (BFI).
The new guidelines are meant to foster deeper collaboration between the two countries by protecting IP and promoting the co-creation of ideas.
The announcement comes just before the third annual UK-China Creative Exchange, which centered on the themes of collaboration between China and the UK.
UK-China Creative Exchange is supported by the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS). Eleven executives from leading Chinese broadcasters and prodcos will travel the UK for the 2019 edition of the program to co-create new programming ideas with UK partners.
The Chinese delegates will each visit three participating indies across the UK’s nations and regions and work to build strategic relationships and co-develop projects.
The UK-China Creative Exchange takes place from March 11 to 15.
“Bringing like-minded producers together from the UK and China is key to fostering collaboration,” said Pact’s managing director of business development and global strategy Dawn McCarthy-Simpson (pictured) in a statement. “This extension to our UK-China Film & TV Toolkit aims to provide the legal structure and confidence for both parties to share creative ideas, safe in the knowledge that they jointly own the IP.”