Westminster Media Forum

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Next steps for the TV and screen production sector in the UK

Morning, Tuesday, 27th April 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

The discussion at a glance: Key priorities for the TV and wider screen production sector in the UK, as it responds to:

  • the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • the upcoming end of the EU exit transition period
  • changing consumption habits.

The agenda:

  • Mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the UK’s TV production sector, adapting to new ways of working, and the way forward for long-term recovery
  • On-demand and streaming content delivery and the future of the production market
  • Changing audience demographics and habits, new markets and challengers, and what will never be the same again
  • Routes to improving on screen and off screen diversity and what it means for content
  • Innovation in TV production and funding
  • Supporting a vibrant UK TV and screen production sector across the UK

Developments that are relevant to the discussion:

  • recent resumption of selected TV and film production in the UK
  • government support:
    • the Culture Secretary announcing a new £500m support scheme for insurance against COVID-related costs for the sector
    • the £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund and the launch of a new independent Culture Recovery Board
    • the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme due to conclude at the end of October
  • the Diversity & Inclusion Progress Report - from the Creative Industries Council and calling on member bodies to ensure that the new normal does not inadvertently exclude under-represented groups
  • the EU exit transition period - due to come to a close later this year, with implications for the sector including:
    • changes to workforce freedom of movement
    • participation in EU schemes such as The MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe
    • wider international collaboration

Key areas for discussion:


  • lockdown measures and economic disruption - assessing the impact on the volume of new production, and follow-on consequences for revenue, employment levels and the sector’s overall strength
  • Priorities for ensuring government support reaches the sector quickly, following concerns raised by independent producers over delays around the government’s £500m support scheme for insurance
  • what can be learned - new creative approaches to ongoing production, re-packaging of back catalogue inventory, and wider innovative practices and delivery models adopted during the crisis
  • further immediate support needs - including for ensuring the safety of employees, contractors and the wider public
  • the sector’s longer-term recovery - priorities for policy, regulation and the wider industry - as the Broadcasting, Film and Production working group, set up by DCMS, begin their programme of work to develop guidance to support the continuing safe reopening of the sector

Innovation in content delivery

  • streaming and OTT content delivery models and services - what their growth means for the UK’s production sector:
    • upsides - assessing prospects for increasing demand for new content, and the potential for rising content production budgets
    • seizing the opportunities - key steps the sector, screen businesses and individual in the sector should take now, and going forward
  • scaling up the capacity - what does the UK sector need to do to prepare for the anticipated level of future demand - including studio space, facilities and other resources
  • competitiveness in global markets - options for support and industry action to ensure that the UK remains a first choice for international commissioners in content creation and as a production base

Workforce skills and diversity

  • skills, talent and the composition of rgw workforce - strategic priorities including future recruitment and retention and UK staff international mobility with the exit transition period ending
  • career pathways - broadening the range routes for new talent to enter and grow throughout the UK’s screen sector - including the progress of the Creative Careers Programme
  • diversity:
    • further steps to ensure greater diversity and inclusivity across the sector’s workforce as a whole, and particularly in senior leadership and creative positions
    • the impact of schemes such as Channel 4’s BAME-led Indie Accelerator programme, and the BBC’s £100m commitment to increasing diversity over the next three years and setting a 20% mandatory target for off-screen talent from under-represented groups
  • academic and technical qualifications leading to screen-sector careers - their future with implementation of new, employer-designed apprenticeship standards

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from Ofcom and the HM Revenue & Customs. Also due to attend are representatives from Audio Network; CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang; Hiscox Underwriting Ltd.; Kudos; NBCUniversal International; and Thinkbox.

A press pass has been reserved by representatives from: 2020Dentistry.com.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

John McVay

Chief Executive, PACT

Adam Pearson

actor, presenter and disability rights campaigner

Keynote Speakers

Adam Pearson

actor, presenter and disability rights campaigner

Gerwyn Evans

Deputy Director, Creative Wales, Welsh Government

Isabel Davis

Executive Director, Screen Scotland

John McVay

Chief Executive, PACT


Chris Moll

Executive Producer and Advisor, Liverpool Film Office Production Fund

Emma-Rosa Dias

Producer, Director and Managing Director, Afro-Mic Productions

Justin Sampson

Chief Executive, The Broadcasters' Audience Research Board (BARB)

Jamie Hindhaugh

Chief Operating Officer, BT Sport

John Glencross

Chief Executive and Co-Founder, Calculus Capital

Helen Jay

Head of Policy and Corporate Affairs, Channel 4

Colin Browne

Chairman, Voice of the Listener and Viewer