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UK gov’t publishes TV, film insurance info

The UK government has published the eligibility criteria and full guidance to accompany its film and TV production restart scheme, to the relief of the local production sector.

John McVay

UK producers trade body Pact has welcomed the publication of the draft scheme rules and explanatory notes, which are available to view here.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak and digital, culture, media and sport minister Oliver Dowden unveiled the fund in July to help domestic film and TV productions struggling to get coronavirus-related insurance, following months of industry lobbying.

Pact said the scheme would help UK productions that have been suspended and are not able to secure insurance going forward, or are yet to start because of no existing insurance, to begin principal photography before the end of the year.

John McVay, Pact CEO, said: “The majority of the film and TV sector has been unable to return to production due to a lack of Covid insurance cover, so clarity on the government scheme means the sector should now be able to get back to what we love most – making TV programmes and films enjoyed by UK audiences and many more millions around the globe.”

Sara Geater, Pact chair and All3Media chief operating officer, said: “We welcome the government’s support for our industry, which will see a return to work for thousands of people and provide the UK TV and film industry with the opportunity and confidence to put production plans into practice to build on the huge global success we achieved in 2019.”

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