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SVOD platforms drive €1.03bn in UK TV export sales

Streaming services such as Amazon and Netflix accounted for a quarter (£225 million) of UK TV export sales, which reached £902 million (€1.03 billion) between 2016/17, according to a report from Pact. The report, produced in partnership with BBC Studios, ITV Studios and DIT, showed that US sales were £335 million making it the UK’s […]

Brexit to drive channel relocation decisions by H1 2018

TV channels that run from the UK but broadcast into Europe will likely have to decide in the first half of next year whether to move their operations due to Brexit uncertainties, warned COBA executive director Adam Minns. Speaking at the Media Summits Brexit Briefing in London last night, Minns raised doubts about the UK’s […]

Netflix, Amazon boost UK international production investment

UK production companies made £468 million in commissions from international broadcasters and SVOD services between 2015 and 2016, according to data from a new census. A new report released this morning showed a 5.3% increase in what UK indie producers body Pact terms as ‘primary international commissions’, a figure in part driven by SVOD platforms […]

Brexit report says UK media has shot at major global expansion

An industry report for the UK government looking at Brexit challenges and opportunities says there is a major opportunity for UK media companies to expand the business they do globally if the right policies are put into place. Soon after the UK referendum vote in favour of leaving the European Union, the government and industry-backed […]

UK indies rebound on international growth

UK indie producers have reversed a sector-wide revenue decline, with international growth propelling the sector to turnover of almost £3 billion (€3.4 billion). Cumulative revenues across the UK indie production sector fell in 2014, but international sales of content from these production companies spurred a 3.5% uptick in revenues of £2.987 billion. The international growth […]

TV industry rejects Brexit

The TV industry is overwhelmingly backing Great Britain to remain in Europe, as the country’s public today vote on whether or not to leave the European Union. Numerous other industry figures have come out in support of remaining. These include Sony Pictures Television’s format chief Wayne Garvie, former BBC director of television Danny Cohen and […]

Industry group warns of €9bn loss from digital single market plan

The proposed introduction of a digital single market in the European Union would have a huge negative effect on investment in TV and film, according to new research from a collection of companies and associations including the Independent Film & Television Alliance. The report – The impact of cross-border access to audiovisual content on EU […]

IFTA raises concerns over EC copyright plans

The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) has raised fears over the European Commission’s Digital Single Market plan to allow cross-border access to online content. The alliance claims that plans to allow consumers to access online content acquired in one country in other European states threaten companies’ power to produce and distribute content, echoing concerns […]

UK indie producers team with YouTube

Pact has inked a deal with YouTube that paves the way for various collaborations between the video platform and UK indie producers. Pact is the industry group for UK indies and has signed a memorandum of understanding with Google-owned YouTube. It provides a framework for various collaborations between YouTube and indies, including, Pact said, a […]

EU antitrust move ‘bad for producers’

The European Commission’s objections and probe into country-specific TV rights deals could undermine the funding model for content in the region and ultimately threaten jobs in the TV and film industries, according to Pact. The UK trade association for independent producers was reacting to the European Commission’s investigation, announced last month, into rights deals between […]