John McVay

UK kids industry gets ‘much-needed’ £60m cash injection

The British kids TV industry has been given a £60 million (US$81.3 million) production and distribution boost, in a move that has been described as a “much-needed stimulus” for local producers. The UK government revealed the fund would be available for content broadcast on commercial public TV broadcasters such as ITV and Channel 5, other […]

Ex-Sony int’l production chief Wong joins TRX board

Former Sony Pictures Television (SPT) international production president Andrea Wong has joined the board of disruptive distribution platform TRX. Wong joins other industry figures such as Stephen lambert and John McVay on the company’s board. She is already on the boards of Liberty Media, Liberty Interactive Corporation and the Hudson’s Bay Company. TRX went live […]

Netflix, Amazon take UK int’l prod spend to £468m

UK production companies made £468 million (US$606.7 million) in commissions from international broadcasters and SVOD services between 2015 and 2016, according to data from a new census. A new report released this morning showed a 5.3% increase in what UK indie producers body Pact terms as ‘primary international commissions’, a figure in part driven by […]

US sales drive UK TV exports growth

Revenue from UK TV exports swung back to growth last year with sales to the US accounting for the biggest proportion of sales and the largest increase year-on-year. Distribution revenues had slipped 0.6% in 2014/15, but sprung back to positive territory in 2015/16, with the £1.3 billion (US$1.4 billion) total up 10% year on year. […]

Reed Midem reacts to UK indie news

Reed Midem said today it will hold talks with UK indies and the UK Department for International Trade over how to best support independent UK companies at its markets in the wake of Pact’s decision to pull its Indies Pavilion. Indie trade group Pact confirmed this week it would no longer fund the Pavilion after […]

Brexit: UK media has shot at global expansion

A new report for the UK government looking at Brexit challenges and opportunities says there is a major opportunity for UK media companies to expand the business they do globally if the right policies are put into place. Soon after the UK referendum vote in favour of leaving the European Union, the government and industry-backed Creative […]

Pact steps back from MIPTV and MIPCOM

Pact will stop running its stand at the MIP and MIPCOM markets in the face of mounting costs, and lack of willingness on behalf of the exhibiting companies to join the UK indies trade association. Pact chief John McVay confirmed the news that after 10 years its UK Indies Pavilion will cease to operate at […]

UK indies rebound on international growth

UK indie producers have reversed a sector-wide revenue decline, with international growth propelling the sector to turnover of almost £3 billion (US$3.7 billion). Cumulative revenues across the UK indie production sector fell in 2014, but international sales of content from these production companies spurred a 3.5% uptick in revenues of £2.987 billion. The international growth […]

All3Media’s Geater to chair Pact Council

Sarah Geater has been elected chair of the Pact Council and will replace Laura Mansfield in the position at the UK indies trade body. Geater is the former FremantleMedia UK CEO who joined All3Media as COO last year. She has also been head of commercial affairs at Channel 4 and director of rights and business […]

Industry group to examine Brexit impact

A new Creative Industries Council working group is being established to identify issues and opportunities across the creative industries, following the referendum outcome to leave the EU. The government and industry-backed Creative Industries Council has created a new working group to assess the impact of Brexit on the UK TV and media sector. John McVay […]

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