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Producers will also see higher sources of income, as the BBC`s share of net sales revenues will be reduced to 10% (except in the UK during the lifetime, where it will be reduced to 20%). More information about the agreement can be found below. The co-written script mini-parts are prorated and the share is agreed upon when the part is under contract. Z.B. two authors of a 90` coin if on an agreed basis 50:50, each receives a 45` award. If the allocation changes over the course of the letter and the action must be adjusted (with the agreement of all parties), this must be agreed before or when the second half of the tax is paid (not after the event). Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, said: “This is an important deal for the BBC, the industry and the general public. Not only have we reaffirmed our commitment to supporting UK independent producers, but we have also ensured that royalty payers have access to the best BBC iPlayer content for at least one year. Everybody wins. Steve Warr, CEO of Raw Cut and a member of Pact Council, said it was great that Pact and the BBC had reached an agreement to have our programmes operated longer on iPlayer. Streaming services are becoming increasingly important as content platforms, and it is good to see that the BBC realizes that the rights in our shows have real value, both online and in linear television. This can only be good for the entire television industry.

Given that everyone lives in times of uncertainty, this resolution helps Indies support the BBC and follows similar agreements with other public channels. The new terms of the exchange will now allow the BBC to transform what it can show on the BBC iPlayer. The BBC receives a 12-month iPlayer window from the BBC for all content it orders as part of its upfront payment. The agreement also provides for fixed rates for exclusive and non-exclusive extensions of the iPlayer window beyond 12 months, unless otherwise agreed under the production financing terms. Currently, it is guaranteed that the content will only be on iPlayer for 30 days, unless it is done through separate trading. Archie Baron, creative director and member of wingspan Productions` Creative Board, said: “It was a delicate subject – and it took a while to resolve it. But I am particularly pleased for the public that Pact and the BBC have reached an agreement – after all, most of us in this sector are reaching out to the public and telling stories that move, influence and inform them. The iPlayer is a brilliant platform, and as a producer, I`m really happy that people in the UK can find our documentaries there without them falling after 30 days. But the development of future ideas and our sustainability as producers depend on our IP revenues, especially low budgets and incredibly tight margins. This agreement gives producers some value for this IP, allows the BBC to make the iPlayer even better, and allows our shows and stories to land with more impact and reach. If you do not sign the BBC`s application, your initial contracts remain valid, but your work cannot be provided for new purposes and, in practice, your work is unlikely to be reused. Members often complain that their work has become inaccessible, which is why we strongly advise you to take care of this agreement.

Sara Geater, all3media COO and Pact Chair, said: “The terms of trade are the lifeblood of the UK indie sector and I am pleased that we have reached a mutually beneficial agreement with the BBC, which gives them the flexibility to increase the use of iPlayer programmes and their linear services.

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