Bectu/Pact TV Drama Deadlock Final: Pact invites commissioners to a “summit” to discuss next steps stating that “independent producers can’t solve this alone”

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The mega rift between UK trade association Pact and trade union Bectu over the impending TV Drama deal has taken a new turn with the Pact inviting streamers and broadcasters to a “summit” to discuss next steps.

With the agreement expiring on September 1 and no solution in sight, “independent producers” can no longer solve the problem on their own and buy-in is required.

The “summit” will take place next week, Pact hopes, with commissioners from the major broadcasters, Sky and the UK’s streamers all invited to weigh in.

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Bectu’s members voted last weekend to “overwhelmingly” reject the Pact’s terms for the agreement, which regulates issues such as working conditions, working hours, “preparation and preparation time” and overtime.

Since then, Bectu Pact has sent new terms, TBEN understands, including demands that weekend work is not allowed without crew approval and no overtime is allowed without crew approval.

“The rejection by BECTU members of the new terms and conditions creates a problem that TBEN producers cannot solve alone,” said Max Rumney, Pact Deputy CEO and Director of Business Affairs.

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“Production heads are clear that requirements such as no weekend work without crew approval and no overtime without crew approval will hurt schedules and in some cases make it impossible to produce within agreed budgets.”

Pact has previously said that Bectu’s terms will mean that mid-budget British dramas will be unaffordable, even for the wealthiest American studios. The agency last week took the unprecedented step of having major producers send a letter urging crews to sign the deal or risk “damaging the entire scripted TV.”

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