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New Culture Org Examines Brexit Impact on Creative Industries

LONDON — The Creative Industries Council, a joint forum between the British government and U.K. creative industries, has set up a new working group to examine the impact that Brexit will have across the territory’s sectors.

Headed up by John McVay, the chief exec of U.K. producers body Pact, the new group will set out to identify issues and opportunities across the creative industries following the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union on June 23.

It aims to pull together experts from the biz and look at the critical priorities for each sector while identifying overarching issues and opportunities that leaving the E.U. might provide.

The group has been asked to feed back to the CIC and to the culture and business secretaries by mid-August.

The CIC, which was set up to be a voice for the creative industries with a focus on areas where there are barriers to growth, represents a raft of bodies across the U.K. Its members include Arts Council England, British Council, British Fashion Council, British Film Commission, the British Film Institute, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Crafts Council, Creative England, Creative Industries Federation, Creative Skillset, Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Design Council, the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, the Knowledge Transfer Network, Nesta, Pact, The Publishers Association, Ukie, U.K. Music and U.K. Trade and Investment and the Great Campaign.

“This is a key moment for the creative industries to create concrete proposals that can bring benefits to the U.K.’s creative industries and ensure that one of the U.K.’s most successful sectors remains at the top table,” said McVay in a statement.

Ever since the U.K.’s shock decision to pull out of the E.U. in a 52% to 48% public vote last month, Brit pic and TV bizzers have been in a state of uncertainty as to what the overall impact on their businesses may be. Issues surrounding whether the U.K. will be granted full access to the E.U.’s single market and whether films and TV shows will still qualify as European in the content quotas that apply across the E.U. are among the major concerns for the sector.

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