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Sharing what we're MADE of to inspire a new generation of indies

Last week we launched MADE, a one-off, online series featuring some of the UK independent production sector’s most successful and influential producers of the past 30 years. 

The series was commissioned as part of our 30th Anniversary celebrations and has been designed to inspire a new generation of indie leaders, as well as raise awareness of the range of careers available in the screen sector. It was launched to tie in with National Careers Week, a one-week celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK.

The producers featured come from across the UK and represent a variety of different types of indie businesses. They discuss how they forged their careers in the industry and share their hard-earned creative and business insights; from taking risks and being persistent, to finding good people and the satisfaction of starting something from nothing. 

Those featured are Jane Featherstone (Sister); Kieran Doherty (Stellify Media); Nadine Marsh-Edwards (Greenacre Films); Sue Vertue, Debbie Vertue & Steven Moffat (Hartswood Films); Nicola Shindler (Quay Street Productions); Mark Herbert (Warp Films); James Burstall (Argonon); Emyr Afan (Afanti); Laura Marshall (Icon Films); Alex Graham (Wall to Wall); Sanjay Singhal (Voltage TV); Jane Muirhead, Kirstie Allsopp & Phil Spencer (Raise the Roof Productions); Jimmy Mulville (Hat Trick Productions); Peter Fincham & Tim Hincks (Expectation Entertainment). 

MADE was produced by Middlesbrough-based indie Wander Films, a Pact Future30 company who won a competitive tender process, impressing us with their energy and ideas. Chloë Clover, CEO of Wander Films, said: "We were stoked to be able to speak to incredible individuals that have these amazing stories and have achieved so much in the world of TV and film. To capture the things they’ve done, but also get a feel for their journey from day dot to now. It’s about inspiring that next generation of indie and we just so happen to be that next generation of indie. So for Pact to have championed us and believed in us, that’s really special."

You can watch all 14 short films here

Over the coming weeks and months, we will be working with organisations who have existing youth networks and audiences in order to maximise the reach and impact of the series. Please do share it with anyone you think may find it interesting and inspiring. 

If you have suggestions for organisations we should contact to help us spread the word further, please e-mail membercomms@pact.co.uk