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International action at home and abroad

It’s been a busy few weeks for Pact’s international team, with a series of events and overseas visits to provide UK producers with opportunities to meet potential collaborators and market their content around the world.

Nine UK delegates participated in our first China Creative Exchange outside of the UK, which was hosted in Beijing. Each delegate was matched with a Chinese media company for a day of meetings and the chance to learn more about approaches to production and bridging the cultural gap. The same delegates also played a key role in this year’s Shenzhen Documentary Festival - where there was a UK focus - sharing case studies and participating in panel discussions.

November also saw us take our first ever delegation to MipCancun, the Latin America TV market. Pact took representatives from eight UK companies and helped them make the most of their time by lining up pre-arranged meetings with relevant execs. The Latin American market holds plenty of future potential for UK producers and we will continue activities to help our members make the most of opportunities going forward.

In Seoul, Pact’s Director of International Strategy, Dawn McCarthy-Simpson MBE met with the Korean Minister for Culture and delivered a keynote speech at the Korea RAPA Next Generation Broadcasting Content event. Dawn’s presentation focused on the Global Content Alliance (GCA) – of which Pact and RAPA (the Korea Radio Promotion Association) are both members - and the ways in which our two countries can work together. A number of Pact member companies also attended.

Meanwhile, back in London, we were involved in an event with Korean trade body KOCCA, which matched UK non-scripted producers with Korean companies for a day of activity and pitching; we organised a day-long programme with the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) which provided 50 delegates the opportunity to network and hear from speakers from various organisations including Screen Yorkshire and the BBC; and Dawn was the Chair of the Advisory Board for this year’s FOCUS London, which brought together representatives from over 60 countries for 45 sessions covering a variety of topical issues - including SVOD disruption and skills shortages – and case studies of successful productions.

Coming up…

We still have availability for those interested in attending NATPE Miami (22nd – 24th  January) and The Realscreen Summit in New orleans (28th – 31st January). Eligible UK producers can apply for TAP grants to attend both of these conferences - £1,000 for Realscreen and £2,000 for NATPE - but the deadline for applications is fast approaching.

For more information, please e-mail Yuan Liu: yuan@pact.co.uk.

We are also running a series of webinars with US international commissioners and execs at the moment. Any interested Pact members can register now, and these session may be especially useful to those attending Realscreen. The sessions we’ve already held are also available for as recordings.

We will soon be announcing a range of other international opportunities for UK indies in 2019. To make sure you’re the first to know about them – and to start creating your own export strategy for your business -  sign up for our online tool, the Pact Export Accelerator.