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Pact announces new legal framework for UK-China co-productions

We have today (Friday 8th March) announced a new legal framework, designed to protect the sharing of confidential ideas and intellectual property between UK and Chinese co production partners.

Fully compliant with both UK and Chinese law, the framework is a new addition to a suite of legal and logistics documents featured in the UK-China Film & TV Toolkit, a resource developed along with the UK’s Intellectual Property Attaché to China based in the British Embassy in Beijing and the British Film Institute (BFI).

Announced on the eve of the 3rd annual UK China Creative Exchange programme, the new framework is designed to foster deeper collaboration between British and Chinese content producers and stimulate trade by protecting and promoting the co-creation of ideas.

Supported by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), the 2019 UK China Creative Exchange sees eleven executives from leading Chinese broadcasters and production companies travel the UK to co-create new programming ideas with UK partners.

During the week-long programme between 11th - 15th March, each Chinese executive will visit three participating indies across the UK’s nations and regions and work to build strategic relationships and co-develop projects. There will also be facilitated kick-off and wrap-up sessions in London to aid the participants in developing joint ways of working.

This is the third edition of the UK China Creative Exchange since the signing of the UK China Television Coproduction Treaty in 2016. Over the past eight years, Pact has run several missions and attended markets in China, introducing more than 100 UK production companies to Chinese broadcasters and producers, tripling trade between participating businesses.

Pact’s Managing Director of Business Development & Global Strategy, Dawn McCarthy-Simpson MBE, said: “Bringing likeminded producers together from the UK and China is key to fostering collaboration. This extension to our UK-China Film & TV Toolkit aims to provide the legal structure and confidence for both parties to share creative ideas, safe in the knowledge that they jointly own the IP."