Westminster Media Forum

Brexit and the UK film and television industry - investment, skills and policy frameworks

Thursday, 4th May 2017

Central London


In anticipation of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, this seminar will set out the key priorities and unique challenges for the UK film and TV production industry.

It takes place as final revisions to the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) are being negotiated in European Parliament, including the extension of European quota requirements for on demand providers and the continuation of the Country of Origin Principle, as well as new proposals to create a fairer market place for online content by modernising EU copyright rules.

Planned sessions consider how policymakers, working alongside industry, can create the conditions necessary to mitigate negative consequences of Brexit - looking at sustaining existing relationships with EU member states, supporting the formation of new global working alliances, and the development of domestic media policy in the context of EU-level reforms.

Further sessions will look beyond Brexit to assess the new opportunities for UK TV and film in international markets, particularly focusing on forming new trade agreements, encouraging greater international investment and exchange of ideas, and attracting the best talent from overseas.

Guests of Honour

John McVay

Chief Executive, Pact

Richard Johnston

Chief Executive Officer, Endemol Shine UK

Guests of Honour

John McVay

Chief Executive, Pact

Richard Johnston

Chief Executive Officer, Endemol Shine UK


Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Culture, Media and Sport

Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP


Adam Minns

Executive Director, Commercial Broadcasters Association

Catherine O’Connor

Head of School of Arts and Communication, Leeds Trinity University

Shaun Beaney

Corporate Finance Faculty, ICAEW and Member, Finance for Growth Working Group, Creative Industries Council

Stephen Spence

Deputy for the General Secretary, Industrial & Organising, Equity

Ted Shapiro

Partner and Head of Brussels Office, Wiggin

Stan McCoy

President and Managing Director, Motion Picture Association EMEA

Joanna Smith

Investment Manager, Edge Investments

Amanda Groom

Managing Director, The Bridge

Adrian Wootton

Chief Executive, British Film Commission and Chief Executive, Film London

Pauline Burt

Chief Executive, Ffilm Cymru Wales