Westminster Media Forum

Since lockdown, we have been organising our full programme of conferences online. We will continue online until further notice, to ensure we play our part in helping our employees and delegates to remain safe during this time. We are pleased that so many key stakeholders, policymakers and other interested parties - both old friends and new delegates - are taking up the opportunity to discuss public policy issues and network at our impartial seminars. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time. So there are plenty of opportunities for you to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are. For booking-related queries, or information on speaking, please email us at info@forumsupport.co.uk or contact us using one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7538736244 / +44 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7951044809.
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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***

This conference focuses on key priorities for the TV and screen production sector.

Areas for discussion include:

  • the new production landscape - policy priorities and the impact of changing market dynamics:
    • reassessing the role of PSB - findings of the Ofcom review, and progress on the work of the Public Service Broadcasting Advisory Panel and its advice to government
    • fostering competition - including prospects for market entrant subscription and on-demand services
    • opportunities for the UK production sector - from new investment in original content
    • promoting the UK as a production hub - and as an exporter of content and services going forward
  • the global market with the UK outside the EU:
    • EU transition four months on - assessing conditions and business development, how producers are reconfiguring, and priorities for fiscal policy, tariffs and future EU and global trade
    • UK international competitiveness - tackling the challenges for the sector, as well as looking at strategies and what is needed from the regulatory and policy framework
    • partnerships and collaboration - assessing developments within the UK and internationally
  • moving forward in the wake of COVID-19:
    • how players in the sector have adapted and innovated - what can be learned and carried forward
    • government support measures - assessing their effectiveness, what more might be needed, and how it should be targeted and administered
    • the sector’s longer-term recovery - priorities for policy, regulation, the wider industry and the Broadcasting, Film and Production working group set up by DCMS

The conference is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from DCMS; Ofcom; DIT; HMRC; and The Scottish Government.

The agenda:

  • EU transition, the pandemic and the UK’s TV production sector - innovation, new ways of working, and the way forward for long-term recovery
  • International markets, trade agreements, and UK competitiveness
  • On-demand and streaming content delivery and what it means for the future of the production market
  • The evolving role of PSBs in a changing market
  • Supporting a vibrant UK TV and screen production sector across the UK
  • Routes to improving on screen and off screen diversity and what it means for content
  • Adapting to changing audience demographics and habits, and innovating TV funding and production
  • Policy priorities for supporting the UK TV and screen production sector

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
  • delivering support - ensuring the sector gets what it needs when it needs it, with concerns raised by independent producers over delays around the support scheme for insurance
  • learning from the crisis - new creative approaches to production and re-packaging of back catalogue inventory, as well as wider innovative strategies and delivery models adopted during the crisis
  • streaming and OTT content delivery models and services - what their growth means for the UK’s production sector
  • 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
    • the evolving funding landscape - early indications on the government support measures - assessing their effectiveness, what more might be needed, and how it should be targeted and administered
  • post-transition, latest developments in diversifying funding and investment sources
  • skills, talent and the composition of the workforce - strategic priorities including future recruitment and retention, the Creative Careers Programme, and sourcing international talent
  • improving diversity and representation - the impact of schemes such as C4’s BAME-led Indie Accelerator programme, and the BBC Creative Diversity Commitment, and what further steps are needed to ensure greater diversity, in senior leadership and creative positions

Developments that are relevant to the discussion:

  • Money spent on film and TV production in UK down 21% in 2020 - as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a BFI report, which also found that the amount of money spent on UK TV production was higher than that spent on UK Film production for the first time since 2013
  • reimposed travel restrictions on TV production staff - meaning they will now have to self-isolate for 10 days after entering the UK, having previously been exempt from such measures due to the Test to Release for International Travel scheme
  • COVID-19 and EU transition - screen production continuing, national and local lockdown restrictions, vaccine rollout, a new immigration system, and new international trading relationships
  • Small Screen: Big Debate - Ofcom’s review into PSB and priorities for adapting in a changing world
  • Public Service Broadcasting Advisory Panel - appointed by government to provide independent expertise and advice as part of the government’s strategic review of public service broadcasting
  • government support:
    • the Film & TV Production Restart Scheme - £500m from government aimed at helping the restart of production across the country that may have been halted or delayed by the pandemic, found to have supported almost 20,000 British workers
    • the £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund and the launch of a new independent Culture Recovery Board
    • extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant and the Winter Economy Plan
  • the Diversity & Inclusion Progress Report - the Creative Industries Council calling on member bodies to ensure that the new normal does not inadvertently exclude under-represented groups

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from DCMS; Ofcom; the Department for International Trade; HM Revenue & Customs; and The Scottish Government.

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

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript 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