A host of UK indies are in China for a China-UK TV summit
A trade mission comprising 22 UK TV indies and Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham is in China for the first ever China-UK TV summit.
UK companies including Shed Media, Zigzag, All3Media, Argonon and Arrow Media will meet with more than 100 Chinese delegates.
The mission includes meetings, presentations and pitches and today’s signing of a memorandum of understanding between PACT and China Central Television, aimed at fostering collaborations on commissions, co-productions and acquisitions.
The MoU will be witnessed by senior Chinese government officials and UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey MP.
The TV summit follows the first ever China-UK film summit, which took place last week, and precedes a reciprocal UK-China film and TV summit in the UK in September.
Pact chief executive John McVay said of this week’s event: “This landmark television summit and our business agreement demonstrate the importance of the fast-growing Chinese market for UK television producers - and also the value of UK independent content to broadcasters in China.
“In a global market, the agreement is a shining example of the potential of the UK creative industries,” he continued. “It also shows the importance going forward of continued appropriate levels of funding support from the UK government for SMEs to maximise their potential in growth markets.”
James Burstall, CEO, Argonon
Tom Brisley, Arrow Media
Andrew Shaw, MD, Attaboy TV
Rob Walk, CEO, Digital Innovation Group
David Pounds, CEO, Electric Sky
Martin Stockham, exec producer, Gemini Pictures
Stephen Dunleavy, creative director, Humble Bee Films
Lucy Middelboe, commercial director, Icon Films
Debbie Manners, MD, Keo Films
Nick Underhill, MD, Keo Films
Anne Brogan, director, Kindle Entertainment
Melanie Stokes, co-director, Kindle Entertainment
Richard Bradley, MD, Lion TV / All3Media
Russell Harris, founder, Little Planet Media
Jannette Edwards, MD, Little Planet Media
Paul Sandler, MD, Objective Productions
Stuart Duthie, commercial and finance director, Objective Productions
Nathan Eastwood, head of comedy entertainment, Objective Productions
Nicolas Kent, creative director, Oxford Film and TV
Laura Mansfield, MD, Outline Productions
Hana Palmer, head of formats and scripted, Tinopolis Group/Passion Distribution
Richard Farmborough, MD, Reef TV
Claire Hungate, COO, Shed Media
Damian Keogh, MD, Skyworks
Tony Humphries, MD, Talent TV
Glyn Middleton, creative director, True North
Danny Fenton, CEO, Zigzag