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: we have stopped updating this page. The latest Legal and Business Affairs updates can now be found on our main Legal & Business Affairs Updates page here.

15th June: Data processing update

9th June: COVID update for indies

9th June: Production Restart Scheme: have you had issues?

9th June: BBC3 linear rights packages: Working Group invite

2nd June: Update: Pact/FAA COVID-19 exclusion

26th May: COVID update for indies

19th May: COVID update from DCMS

19th May: UK Screen Alliance post production guidance reminder

18th May: Catch-up: May Pact Member Webinar Briefing

17th May: Pact/Equity Supporting Artist Agreement: fixed travel allowances update

12th May: Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

12th May: Latest COVID update for indies

28th April: Latest COVID update for indies

27th April: Brexit and immigration update

21st April: Pact and Equity agree interim position on stunt rehearsals pending arbitration outcome

21st April: Weekly COVID update for indies

15th April: New Unscripted TV Skills Fund launched

14th April: Weekly COVID update for indies

14th April: Contracting talent for BBC Three

7th April: Weekly COVID update for indies

7th April: ITV refreshes its Commissioning Commitments form

31st March: Weekly COVID update for indies 

31st March: Updates to the Production Restart Scheme

26th March: Pact/BECTU Film Agreement & Construction Agreement

24th March: Weekly COVID update for indies

22nd March: IR35 guidance for indies

17th March: Weekly COVID update for indies

17th March: Employer Action List launched to help tackle bullying, harassment and racism in the workplace

16th March: DCMS confirms new key dates for Production Restart Scheme

10th March: Weekly COVID update for indies

9th March: Catch-up: the implications of remote working on your business

9th March: Pact Equity Cinema Films Agreement 2021

8th March: Updated CJRS Q&A for indies

3rd March: Chancellor announces extension to Film and TV Production Restart Scheme

3rd March: Updated broadcaster guidance on protecting participants in TV and radio programmes published

3rd March: Weekly COVID update for indies

3rd March: Last chance to register: the business implications of remote working

24th February: Prime Minister sets out roadmap for easing of current COVID restrictions

17th February: Weekly COVID update for indies

12th February: Updated UK Screen Alliance COVID safety guidance

11th February: Pact member Webinar Briefing catch up

10th February: Weekly COVID update for indies

10th February: National Worker Testing Programme in England open

4th February: Safety on set: a joint statement from Pact & Bectu

3rd February: COVID Testing Services: a note for Pact members

27th January: Update on BBC and COVID costs

27th January: IR35: fees and deductions

25th January: Stunt rehearsals: update

20th January: Updated Broadcaster guidance issued

20th January: Weekly COVID update for indies

20th January: UK Screen Alliance guidance updated

18th January: Film and TV travel exemptions closed

15th January: New rates of pay for lighting technicians working on scripted TV

13th January: Pact & BFI letter for overnight stays, and confirmation of critical worker status

13th January: Weekly COVID update for indies

13th January: BBC and COVID costs

11th January: Post-Production guidance updated

6th January: DCMS clarification on production-related queries

6th January: Brexit update for indies

6th January: Ofcom introduces new measures to protect participants in TV

6th January: Updated versions of BFC and Broadcaster Guidance available

5th January: COVID-19 Update for Indies


21st December: Production Restart Scheme extended

16th December: Production Restart Scheme FAQs published

16th December: Brexit: reminder for indies

16th December: COVID-19 update for indies

15th December: Lighting technicians’ rates for TV Drama – important update

10th December: TV Production Guidance updated and new TV quarantine exemption introduced

9th December: COVID-19 Update for Indies

7th December: Quarantine exemption update and new guidelines

4th December: Pact and BBC agree new terms of trade deal for children's programming

2nd December: COVID-19 update for Indies

2nd December: Immigration update

2nd December: Government resources to help ensure your business is ready for Brexit

30th November: Updated CJRS furloughing Q&A for Pact members

25th November: Brexit update for UK indies

19th November: Important update: BBC COVID costs and 1% premium

18th November: New Furlough Leave Letter Template for indies

18th November: COVID-19 update for indies

16th November: POP have digitised the Pact Bectu TV Drama Deal Memo

11th November: COVID-19: regulations, furlough and Restart Scheme update for indies

4th November: COVID restrictions: further update for indies

2nd November: DUK launches advice for factual directors

28th October: UK Government and devolved nations COVID guidance update for indies

21st October: Broadcasters’ TV Production Guidance updated

16th October: Government officially launches Film & TV Production Restart Scheme - revised deadline date - February 2021

15th October: New COVID guidance note: Pact Equity TV Agreement

5th October: Crew/Covid update for Pact members

2nd October: Applications for Production Restart Scheme open

29th September: Chancellor announces new Job Support Scheme and Pay as you Grow as part of Winter Economy Plan

23rd September: Government COVID-related restrictions update

23rd September: Extending our financial support to indies

17th September: Government issues further guidance on Film and TV Production Restart Scheme

7th September: New HMRC guidance on the employment status of actors and other performers

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.

Please note: 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.