UK producer body compromise New terms put on table as efforts to restart stalled talks with broadcasting union bectu On the renewal of their long-standing drama agreement governing working conditions.
Under new proposals introduced by Pact and independent producers, scripted TV crews benefit from shorter working days, extra pay for preparation and wrap, paid antisocial hours, increased overtime fee caps and double time paid bank holidays. Will happen.
Pact said the new proposal would cover all budget levels of production up to $8.2m (£7m) per hour and would continue to cater to all scripted genres across nations and territories, including children’s and comedy.
The Pact/Bectu drama agreement, first introduced in 2017, has been under review since last autumn, but talks haven’t gone smoothly. Deadline exclusively reported back in March that the conversation was broken And that Bectu had given a six-month ultimatum to terminate the agreement if certain points were not ironed out.
“The last few years have been the most challenging our industry has ever faced. Everyone has played their part in getting production back on the road,” said Max Rumani, Pact Deputy CEO and Director of Business Affairs. But we should all be collectively proud.”
“The increased growth and demand has put enormous pressure on all segments of the industry, a situation that both Pact and the producers are deeply aware of and sympathize with. We believe this proposal ensures a better work/life balance and greater financial benefits for the crew, while safeguarding the future of the UK’s independent scripted production sector.”
The Pact requested that Bectu introduce a new proposal for the ballot to its members.