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The UK producers’ trade association, Pact, has announced a new legal framework to protect the sharing of confidential ideas and intellectual property between UK and Chinese co-production partners.

Dawn McCarthy 8March2019Fully compliant with both UK and Chinese law, the new framework is a new addition to a suite of legal and logistics documents featured in the UK-China Film & TV Toolkit, a resource developed along with the UK’s intellectual property attaché to China based in the British Embassy in Beijing and the British Film Institute (BFI).

The announcement comes on the eve of the third annual UK China Creative Exchange programme and is also designed to foster deeper collaboration between British and Chinese content producers and stimulate trade by protecting and promoting the co creation of ideas. The UK China Creative Exchange 2019 takes place from March 11–15 commencing with a facilitated workshop session in London.

Over the past eight years, Pact has run several missions and attended markets in China, introducing more than 100 UK production companies to Chinese broadcasters and producers, tripling trade between participating businesses.

“Bringing likeminded producers together from the UK and China is key to fostering collaboration,” said Pact’s MD of business development and global strategy, Dawn McCarthy-Simpson (pictured). “This extension to our UK-China Film & TV Toolkit aims to provide the legal structure and confidence for both parties to share creative ideas, safe in the knowledge that they jointly own the IP.”