Business Affairs


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Useful Documents

Channel 5’s Code of Practice

Channel 5 has throughout its existence adopted a policy of negotiating potential developments and commissions on a case by case basis in a flexible, fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory manner and will continue to do so in the future. This Code of Practice has been drawn up in order to comply with the obligation imposed on Channel 5 pursuant to Section 285 of the Communications Act 2003 and sets out the fundamental principles which Channel 5 will adhere to in all of its dealings with independent producers.

Channel 5’s Production Tariff

This tariff is for all Channel 5 Commissioned Productions by genre (Primary Rights only).

Channel 5’s and Pact Terms of Trade

Channel 5 and Pact have agreed an updated Terms of Trade (TOTs) agreement which is set out in the attached Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which becomes effective from 11th September 2018, in accordance with the wording of the MOU.

Made outside of London / Regional Productions

One of Channel 5’s Ofcom quotas provides that 10% of its first run commissions spend and 10% of its first run commissions hours (both excluding the News) must be regional productions. Ofcom has recently requested that Channel 5 and other PSB broadcasters provide additional information to Ofcom to seek to ensure greater compliance with the quota. This means that producers shall be required to deliver that information to Channel 5.

For commissioned programmes transmitted from 1 July to 31 December 2018, Ofcom requires confirmation of confirmed criteria met regarding the substantive base, production budget and production talent criteria.

For programmes transmitted 1 January 2019 onwards, Ofcom has requested further information from PSBs who are required to report on the actual production base and also the actual percentages of budget and talent spent / met.

The attached Guidance Note summarises what constitutes a ‘regional production’ and explains in more detail the additional requirements and information Channel 5 requires from producers as a result of Ofcom’s requirements.

Ofcom’s Made Outside of London Guidance

Channel 5, together with the other PSBs have published (14th December 2018) a joint guidance note on the application of Ofcom’s Made outside of London definitions (regarding substantive base, spend and crew). This hopes to give greater clarity to the independent production sector in light of additional reporting requirements the broadcasters have been asked to introduce by Ofcom, from January 2019.

Please see attached an introductory note/release explaining the Guidance here and the Guidance for Regional Production Definitions itself here.