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Pact unveils new strategy to boost regional indies

UK content industry trade body the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (Pact) has launched a strategic initiative to support the UK’s independent TV production sector. The new initiative — meant ...
May 8, 2019

UK content industry trade body the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (Pact) has launched a strategic initiative to support the UK’s independent TV production sector.

The new initiative — meant to stimulate the growth and success rates of indie producers outside of London — was presented to a group of of more than 100 regional producers by Ian Katz (pictured, center), director of programs at Channel 4; Tom Riordan (right), chief executive of Leeds City Council; and Pact CEO John McVay (left).

Included in the initiative are two new accelerator programs.

The Business Accelerator helps enable indie prodcos with the commercial side of their operations. Pact will provide a range of services aimed at improving the sustainability and success of indie producer members’ businesses via one-on-one advice, webinars, events and white papers developed together with industry experts.

The Production Accelerator helps the alliance’s members adopt production best practice standards to develop their slates, manage their productions and build confidence with TV commissioners.

The programs join Pact’s popular Export Accelerator, meant to help UK indies double their export revenue by 2020 and develop successful export strategies.

The announcement coincides with the opening of Pact’s Nations and Regions HQ in Leeds, which will see TV productions made outside of London increase — Channel 4 has vowed to increase its outside-London production spend and network programming hours to 50% to match the BBC’s current commitment.

“Fully funded by Pact, our new office in Leeds marks a long term investment with the aim of helping all our members across the UK to grow their businesses and succeed in the UK and international markets,” said McVay in a statement.

“The launch of Pact’s new Nations & Regions office in Leeds is incredibly important,” added Katz. “Growing the production sector outside London must be a team effort and for it to be meaningful and sustainable we need to work together with Pact, our production partners and partners in the cities and regions across the UK.”

“It’s vitally important for Pact to have representation outside of London and I’m thrilled that their regional HQ is launching here in Leeds,” said Kay Mellor (pictured, center-left), MD of Rollem Productions. “Once again, it’s a validation that Leeds is a significant city in the world of media. Pact’s new HQ will be an essential facility for independent production companies here in the North, and I’m confident that their expertise and new accelerator programs are exactly what we need to thrive.”

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 HMV.com. 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.

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