Producers alliance Pact has said it is ‘disappointed’ with today’s decision by UK voters to leave the EU.
Pact pointed out that 85% of its film and TV producer members voted in its survey before the Referendum to remain in the EU.
In a statement, the trade organisation said: “Pact prides itself on being a pragmatic and effective organisation that works in the interests of its members and we now have to focus on potentially significant changes across a whole range of issues. We do not think there are any immediate causes for concern, but do think that there will be there will be a degree of uncertainty in the medium term. Clearly the timetable for this lies with the UK government.”
Pact said that it in the short term it “will be doing everything to ensure that we work with Government, industry colleagues and the EU institutions to ensure that we maintain as many of the important commercial advantages that we currently have for all of our members across film, TV, childrens and animation.”
“Pact will continue to address all issues not in the interests of UK producers such as the Digital Single Market proposals. Pact will continue to play a leading role in in this debate to ensure that although the UK will no longer be part of this, in the longer term our members and UK businesses will still trade in the EU and will be affected by any detrimental changes regardless.”
Laura Mansfield, Chair of Pact, said: “Pact members have already expressed their reservations around how a UK exit from the EU could impact on one of our main markets for UK content and formats. Pact will be working closely with both the UK government to feed into negotiations to make sure that necessary trade deals with Europe are secured as quickly as possible, and will continue to influence the Commission’s proposals around the Digital Single Market before they are finally agreed and impact on the UK TV and film sector”.