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Report: Sales of British TV shows return to growth

Global sales of British TV programmes returned to growth in 2021/22 after last year’s pandemic-related decline, according to Pact’s TV Exports report. Total UK TV exports grew by 7 per cent year-on-year to reach a record £1.52 billion (€1.76bn), and by 3 per cent compared with 2019/20 levels. “After a period of huge uncertainty during […]

November 29, 2022

Pact: UK TV production revenues bounce back

Pact’s annual TV Production Census has revealed that UK revenues have nearly returned to pre-Covid levels, growing by 13 per cent in 2021 to £3.25 billion (€3.77bn), just £79 million below pre-Covid revenues in 2019. Despite the pandemic still having an impact on life in 2021, innovations by the sector, as well as the Government’s […]

September 7, 2022

Pact members call for C4 sell-off rethink

Members of Pact, the UK screen sector trade body representing and supporting independent production and distribution companies, have sent an open letter to the Conservative Leadership candidates, calling on them to reconsider the Government’s plans to privatise Channel 4. The letter to Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak has been signed by over 750 Pact members representing […]

September 2, 2022By Colin Mann

Pact statement on Ukraine

Pact, the UK trade body, has issued a statement on the situation in Ukraine. The statement reads: “Pact expresses our deepest sympathy for the people of Ukraine, and in particular our colleagues working in Ukraine’s film and television sector. Along with other industry organisations, Pact calls for a cessation of hostilities in Ukraine and for […]

March 1, 2022

Report: UK TV exports resilient despite pandemic

Global sales of British TV shows in 2020/21 suffered a small reduction of 3.3 per cent to £1.42 billion (€1.66bn), independent producers’ trade body Pact’s TV Exports report reveals. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic affecting production in the UK, producers were able to use their back catalogues to boost sales, with a third of all sales […]

December 20, 2021

Report: Boom in UK screen industries

An independent report, Screen Business, published by the BFI, the UK organisation for film and the moving image, reveals the highest-ever return on investment to the UK economy of £13.48 billion [€15.83bn] (GVA) from the UK’s Government’s screen tax reliefs from 2017-2019. Over the period, spend on high-end TV production (HETV), surpassed that of film […]

December 13, 2021

Ofcom OKs BBC Three linear return

BBC Three is set to return to TV screens for the first time in six years, after UK media regulator Ofcom approved its relaunch as a broadcast television channel. The new broadcast channel will launch in early February 2022 and will be available on Freeview, Sky, Virgin and Freesat with EPG numbers to be confirmed […]

November 25, 2021By Colin Mann

Studies: Pandemic hits UK production income

UK TV production industry trade body Pact has published two new reports which show the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the UK independent production sector. The findings of the annual Pact Census and a specially commissioned COVID Long-Term Impact Study raise particular concerns in the context of the Government’s proposal to privatise Channel 4, […]

September 8, 2021

640 UK films, TV shows in production in past year

More than 600 feature films and television productions have gone into production in the UK since the scheme was announced in July last year as the industry has moved into pandemic recovery thanks to the Government funded Film and TV Production Restart Scheme. The scheme was launched by the Government backed by £500 million to […]

July 28, 2021

UK moots C4 sale; plans SVoD regulation

As part of an ongoing strategic review of the UK public service broadcasting system, the UK government will review the ownership model and remit of Channel 4 and consider tightening regulation of SVoD services such as Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) says that with a […]

June 23, 2021By Colin Mann