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 […]

British programme exports hit £1.3 billion

The total value of UK television exports was £1.28 billion (€1.62 billion) in the 2013/14 period, a 5% increase on the £1.22 billion recorded in the previous year. China registered the greatest growth as a buyer of UK fare, for the second year in a row, with sales up 40% at £17 million. The US […]

New chief for UK’s Film4

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has named David Kosse as new director of its movie division Film4. Kosse, who is currently president, international at Universal Pictures will take up his new post on November 1. At Film4 he will oversee the development, financing and green-lighting of all feature films, and support for the production and distribution […]

BBC signs new production agreement with Pact

The BBC has agreed new terms for commissioning independent productions with UK trade association Pact (Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television). The deal, which the BBC hailed as “ground-breaking,” includes the extension of the BBC iPlayer window from seven to 30 days, following BBC director general Tony Hall’s plan, announced last week, to launch an […]