Pact and NESTA today released a range of tools designed to make it easy for TV and film producers to work with digital producers on convergent or “multi-platform” projects. The tools include legal templates that make it easy for producers to kick off multi-platform development, as well as a ‘how to’ guide for exploring joint ventures.
Pact is making the tools freely available to producers on its website. The templates provide a simple legal framework for producers to work together when developing intellectual property. It is hoped that this initiative will improve the quality and number of multi-platform proposals going to UK broadcasters such as the BBC and Channel 4.
John McVay, Chief Executive of Pact, says: “Producers from both the TV and new media sectors have told us that they need a simple framework to help them to develop their multi-platform ideas. With the help of NESTA, the launch of this guide and these legal templates will be an invaluable resource, allowing more companies to create more truly convergent projects in the future”.
Jon Kingsbury, Director of the Creative Economy Programme at NESTA says: “One of the barriers to creative and commercial innovation is the lack of clear, open-source material that encourages creative businesses to converge. Tools like these are a pre-requisite for effective collaboration and will enhance independent producers’ development of multi-platform content ideas.”