Throughout the COVID-19 crisis we have been issuing Pact members with updates and guidance about particular legal and business affairs issues which may be relevant to their businesses during this time.

Please find below relevant links to information which we have posted, as well as some useful documents.

Information about support available to businesses can be found here.

Please note: Government guidance is changing rapidly and whilst we are doing everything we can to keep our information up to date we advise you to look carefully at the date that it was posted/last updated. Please also keep checking your e-mails from Pact for the most up to date announcements and information.
 

2nd September: Government’s Kickstart Scheme for employers in England, Scotland and Wales now open

1st September: CJRS update: employers must now contribute to furlough leave wages

1st September: Could you bring your experience and expertise to a Pact working group?

26th August: Updated Post & VFX Covid-19 guidance: managed client attendance in edit sessions allowed

26th August: Update on post-Brexit immigration and the Border Operating Model

19th August: Government Production Restart Scheme: still awaiting details

19th August: Live, socially distanced studio audiences now permitted in England

18th August: Pact and Channel 5 agree revised COVID-19 Force Majeure clause

18th August: International travel and quarantine exemptions update

18th August: Views wanted for 2025 UK Border Strategy Consultation

11th August: Pact and Equity agree pre-filming self-isolation fee for cast

5th August: Channel 5 suspension provisions

4th August: More details published about Government's Job Retention Bonus

29th July: Managing mental health and wellbeing as an indie boss

29th July: Pact welcomes Government funding to restart production

22nd July: Brexit and ATA Carnets

22nd July: Film and TV quarantine exemption now applies to entire UK / qualification reminder

21st July: Update to UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy

15th July: Update: The UK’s Future Points-Based Immigration System

14th July: Close Contact Cohorts and increased screening for COVID-19 - protocol for TV production

10th July: Scotland and Wales COVID-19 updates: rules for travellers arriving from abroad

10th July: BFC issues guidance on film and TV quarantine exemption

8th July: Government’s Plan for Jobs: funds available to employers

8th July: Updated versions of COVID-19 contact templates

8th July: Wales update: indies meet criteria as 'workers in a critical sector' for overnight stays

6th July: Selected TV and film productions to be exempt from quarantine

1st July: Update: the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU withdrawal) Bill 2020

1st July: DUK commercial fee in budgets and Covid-19 costs

30th June: Now available: free return to set safety training from ScreenSkills

24th June: COVID-19: UK guidance update

19th June: Covid updated versions of Pact contract templates

17th June: DCMS advise that indies meet criteria as “workers in a critical sector” for overnight stays

17th June: Pact/FAA negotiations update

15th June: Update regarding unpaid contributors and contestants

10th June: 2 metre distancing and production

5th June: Production Restart Bible for Pact members

1st June: New HETV/film production and post-production guidance documents published

1st June: Latest updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

27th May: Channel 4 repeat fees

26th May: COVID-19 recovery strategies and briefings for the Nations

26th May: COVID-19: UK border control changes

20th May: Pact and Equity agree additional option under T45 Force Majeure clause

20th May: Government guidance on working safely during COVID-19

18th May: Pact and UK Broadcasters introduce new industry-wide guidance for producing TV safely

13th May: Piracy guidance for producers

6th May: Pact DUK Collective Agreement includes new exemptions for N&Rs indies

6th May: BBC and Pact agree historic new terms of trade deal

6th May: Pact/BBC terms for iPlayer: deal memo

6th May: BBC, Channel 5 and ITV amending commissioning agreements

1st May: New furlough leave letters and holiday pay provision

29th April: DUK levy calculations - exempted productions

28th April: Are you waiting on outstanding payments from broadcasters?

28th April: Pact member input wanted: DCMS Committee call for views on the impact of COVID-19

23rd April: HMRC publishes revisions to Behind the Camera Workers Guidance

20th April: How to claim for your Tax Credit efficiently

15th April: Pact/Equity TV Agreement: suspending artists and force majeure update

7th April: Update on Business Interruption Loan Scheme for SMEs

7th April: Pact/Equity TV Agreement: suspending artists and force majeure update

1st April: Reminder: increase to UK National Living and Minimum Wage rates

30th March: Pact/FAA negotiations - update

23rd March: ICO guidance on data protection during COVID-19 pandemic

18th March: IR35: Government delays implementation until April 2021

Pact's Legal and Business Affairs Team

Max Rumney Deputy CEO, Director of Business Affairs

Head of the Legal and Business Affairs team, and responsible for overseeing negotiations with Broadcasters and Unions/Guilds.

Conrad Mewton Senior Business Affairs Executive

Conrad is a Media Lawyer with over 10 years experience working for producers, RDF and TalkbackThames/Fremantle.

Helen Hogan Business Affairs Executive

Helen is generally awesome and supports the Deputy CEO across BBC, ITV and C4 Terms of Trade, plus Writers and Equity queries

Clyde Baehr Business Affairs Executive

Clyde has worked as a Business Affairs Executive at BBC Worldwide in the Content department, Contracts Executive at Curtis Brown Literary Agency and Business Affairs Manager at Kew Media Distribution.

Annette Atanda Business Affairs Paralegal

Annette supports the Deputy CEO with TV & Film Registrations, Tier 1 Compliance & Legislation, along with Production Legal and Business Affairs queries.