U.K. Production Guild Pacts with U.S., Italian Producers Guilds

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LONDON — The Production Guild of Great Britain has inked bi-lateral pacts with the Producers Guild of America and the Producers Guild of Italy as film and television production continues to expand in international territories.

The memorandum of understanding agreements were signed by PGGB chief executive Alison Small with PGA executive director Vance Pan Petten, and separately with Martha Capello, president of the AGPCI.

The pacts focus on sharing information and ideas about film and television production for the benefit of the guild members, and the wider industries in the three countries. The guilds are also looking at organizing visits by delegations to each other’s countries, opening up access to business facilities for their members, and setting up mentoring programs to allow members to intern with members of the other guilds.

The PGA and the AGPCI also signed a bi-lateral agreement earlier this year. Italian representatives have already attended the PGA’s Produced By Conference, and a delegation of PGA members are planning to attend an Italian Producers event in Pescara, Italy in March.

The U.K.’s film and high-end television production sector is booming: it has generated more than £1 billion ($1.56 billion) of investment in the U.K. economy in the past year, supported by government through the introduction of new tax reliefs for high-end TV and animation, and the extension of the U.K. film tax credit to VFX work. Among the many U.S. financed pics and series to shoot in the U.K. recently are “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass,” “Tarzan” and “Pan.”

The Production Guild of Great Britain, which has more than 800 members, represents production professionals working in U.K. film and television drama, across accounts, production, location management, assistant directors and post production.

Alison Small, chief executive of the PGGB, said: “These agreements mark the first step towards establishing closer working relationships between our respective guilds to the mutual benefit of our work in supporting production personnel. International partnerships underpin a huge amount of film and television production, and are very much a part of the day-to-day business, so it makes sense to explore opportunities to share ideas and experience.”

“Today, storytellers are creating content for a global audience and frequently producing that content on a global scale,” said PGA executive director Vance Van Petten. “International partnerships like these not only lay the groundwork for information exchange and new production opportunities, but facilitate creative insights into the shared nature of story across cultures and marketplaces.”

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