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UK indies impress at NATPE and Realscreen

Pact and a delegation of UK indies are currently meeting with international buyers at Realscreen Summit, the definitive global market and conference for the business of unscripted and non-fiction entertainment, which is taking place in New Orleans for the first time. Delegates took part in a special parade through the streets of the city before getting down to business.

Over 80 UK indies are in New Orleans to promote their content and do deals. The USA is the UK’s largest single export market, with sales worth £335m recorded in the latest Pact TV Exports Report (LINK TO BE ADDED), representing 40% of total international revenue. Entertainment and Factual are also known to be successful genres for UK indies, counting for £87m in international sales.

Realscreen Awards

Pact members were amongst the winners of the Realscreen Awards, which are handed out during the Summit and celebrate outstanding non-fiction and factual entertainment content from around the world.

KEO Films won the  Lifestyle: Travel & Exploration Award and Award of Excellence: Lifestyle for their BBC Two commission, My Year with The Tribe; CPL Productions won the Reality: Constructed Reality Award and Best New Format Award for Channel 4 commission, Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds; and Dragonfly Film & Television won the Non-Fiction: Crime & Investigation Award for The Trial: A Murder in the Family, also for Channel 4.

Congratulations to them, and to all the winners.
A full list can be found here.


Last week, UK indies were out in force at NATPE, in Miami, to meet with buyers from the USA and another popular market for UK content, Latin America. As ever, Beer With The Brits proved to be a hit for networking, and delegates also had the chance to meet Nicolette Brent MBE, Her Majesty’s Consul General in Miami.

Both Pact-sponsored delegations are supported by the Department for International Trade.

Upcoming Pact International opportunities

Global Business Workshops across the UK
This Pact Export Accelerator one-day training workshop will deliver skills and insights to help independent producers to develop global businesses. Sessions will run in Cardiff, Bristol, Leeds, Glasgow and Belfast this February.
More information here.

Content Without Borders
Pact is offering 100 member companies the opportunity to spend two days with 20 European cross genre broadcasters in March.
More information here.

UK China Creative Exchange
Pact in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT) is offering UK production companies a unique opportunity to meet and spend time working with TV executives from China in the UK this March.
More information here.

For further international opportunities with Pact, click here.