Am I eligible for Pact Membership?
In order to join Pact, you must be a UK registered Limited company. We have different membership types, depending on what kind of business you are. Full criteria details can be found on the Join Us page.
There are a number of entities that are not eligible to join Pact. These are:
We can only accept applications from companies that can sufficiently demonstrate they are actively trading, or intending to trade, within the independent production sector in the UK. As such we are unable to accept applications from dormant or non-trading companies.
Conflict of interest
We are unable to accept applications from companies where they may be a conflict of interest – such as talent agencies. These are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Risk to IP
Companies that provide certain services to the industry may not be eligible for membership where there is a risk that our IP, such as template contracts and agreements, may be shared with production companies that are not Pact members. These are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
COVID-19 – is Pact offering free membership?
To help support the UK independent production sector through the COVID-19 crisis we offered all existing and new Pact Members six months' free membership. The offer ended in October 2020. To try to continue our financial support to Members, we introduced a new monthly payment plan to help indies cashflow their annual Pact membership. Details about the types of membership we offer and payment options can be found via the Join Us page.
How do I apply for membership?
All the information you need about Membership types and how to apply using our application forms can be found via the Join Us page.
Which category of membership is right for my company?
We have a range of different membership types, each with their own criteria. The type of company you have will determine which Pact Membership category you should apply for. All the information you need to determine which category is right for your company can be found via the Join Us page.
I want to register a Film or TV production with Pact to access the Pact Equity cast templates. Do I still need to apply for company membership?
The type of registration or membership you require is dependent on the type of production, and where your company is based. Find out more on our Production Registrations page.
How can I register a production?
All the information you need about how to register a production can be found on our Production Registrations page.
How long will it take to process my application?
As soon as we receive your completed form and payment, your membership can usually be set up within 48 hours. However it may take longer if your application is incomplete, which is why it's important to follow the relevant step-by-step guide carefully.
Can all my staff access Pact Membership benefits?
Yes! All employees of your company are eligible to enjoy the full range of benefits that we have to offer. It's important that they are set up with their own profile on the Pact website to be able to access member-only content and receive our regular e-mail updates. Your employees can also enjoy free access to our online Growth Accelerator tool.
Why should I join Pact?
As well as offering a range of benefits to your company and your teams, your membership helps enable us to carry out important work on behalf of the entire indie community, including:
• lobbying and campaigning Government and regulators
• negotiating with broadcasters and unions
• conducting sector research and analysis
• acting as the collective voice of all UK indies
By becoming a member you are helping to ensure the best possible economic and regulatory environment for your company to do business in.
How much does Pact Membership cost?
Pact Membership starts from just £350 a year. The cost your company will pay will depend on a variety of factors. Visit the Join Us page and click on the Membership type most suited to your company for details about the costs that apply to your business.
I am an individual working as a freelancer in film and TV, can I join Pact?
As a trade association we only accept membership applications from trading companies, not individuals. You might like to try a creative industry trade union instead, such as Bectu, WGGB, Equity or The Production Guild.
I have a brilliant idea for a TV programme, can Pact help me?
Pact is a trade body for independent producers. We do not make programmes. Please do not contact the Pact office regarding programme ideas. Pact staff are employed to assist Pact members and are unable to respond to queries from the general public.
However, you can forward your idea to a suitable TV production company. We are unable to recommend particular companies and suggest you do your own research into which companies may be most suitable. You will find details of production companies within programme credits and we suggest you look for programmes within the same genre or subject area as your own idea, i.e. factual, drama, comedy, etc. Once you have identified the companies you would like to approach, you can look them up via an online search engine or you can try to find them using our Find a Member tool (please note: only Pact member companies will appear in this search).
- Am I eligible for Pact Membership?