January 29, 2023


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UK’s equity, ITC agrees pay rise for performers and creatives

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equityUK Trade Union for Creative Practitioners, and Independent Theater Council (ITC), the management association that represents the independent performing arts sector, has agreed major improvements to the Ethical Management Agreement for performers and stage managers.

The new contract will be effective from April. For performers and stage managers, the minimum weekly pay will increase by more than 10% – from £494 ($600) to £545 ($663) and the minimum daily fee will increase by 20% – from £100 to £120.

Fees for choreographers, designers and directors will also be increased by more than 10%. The agreement also sees a 20% improvement in food, daily accommodation and travel allowances. Touring and relocation allowances must be combined with £447.68 per week in London and £410 per week outside London. This is an increase of more than 30% on the existing Touring Allowance (which was £311.20 per week), and 250% less than the London Transfer Allowance (which was £129 per week) and just over 290% more than the Out of London Allowance (which was £104.80 per week).

The agreement also clarifies that primary responsibility for finding and providing accommodation rests with producers, and standardizes a five-day week during rehearsal periods, reduces overall maximum working hours, extends holiday entitlements beyond statutory minimums, and places support for wellness and physical therapy and Dignity at its heart, with provisions guaranteeing equal opportunities for producers, dignity at work and contractual requirements for environmental sustainability policies.


Banjoyof Endemol France acquired a majority stake Puzzle media, a production outfit specializing in action, adventure and alternative culture. Puzzle Media was formed in May 2007 by Jonathan Politour and has grown to provide a high volume of extreme and board sports content with titles including “Riding Zone”, which has aired every weekend for 14 years on France television. Puzzle Media also develops and produces a range of other content including the daily drama, “L’Amour à l’Epreuve” which has just launched on France Television.


Banjoy has already appointed Steve MathewThe newly created role of Content Partnerships Executive, reporting to Global Head of Scripts, Christian Wikander. In this role, which starts on 1 February, he will act as a key facilitator in the group’s production development process, helping to manage co-production opportunities in the Nordics, Spain and beyond, and developing early business pipelines and creative partnerships. throughout the play.

Joining from Mathews HBO Europewhere he most recently served as VP, Executive Producer, Screenplay, joining the business in 2014, where he worked on productions including “Pustina,” “Umbre,” “Uspeh,” “The Sleepers,” “Foodie Love,” “Gosta ; and specifically from Banejay’s footsteps, “30 Coins” (Pokeepsie), “Beforeigners” (Rubicon) and “Beartown” (Filmance).

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First project of Indian actors and producers Ali Fazal And Richa ChadhaProduced by Pushing Button Studios, “Girls Will Be Girls”, which began shooting in November 2022, has wrapped up after a 45-day schedule in the scenic locales of Uttarakhand, northern India. Directed the film Clean lock and about the life of a 16-year-old girl at an elite boarding school in a small Himalayan town and how she comes of age and is hijacked by her mother, who never came of age herself.

The film is an Indo-French co-production jointly produced by Pushing Button Studios, Crawling Angel Films, Dolce Vita Films and Blink Digital Media.

Elsewhere, Fazal, as well Hussain Dalalthey are Sujat SaudagarA selection of “The Underbug,” forthcoming Slamdance Film Festival, which is scheduled to take place January 20-26 in Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah. In the film, when India is wracked by communal violence on the eve of its Independence Day, two rioters take refuge in an abandoned house. A terrifying presence in the house, however, drives the men to the edge of sanity.


Canada’s Bell Media achieved CBS Adaptation of “Lingo”. Simulcasting with the launch of CBS in the United States, the gameshow premiered on January 11 on the Bell Media-owned channel in Canada. CTV. Hosted by an Emmy winner RuPaul CharlesThe format is a wordplay gameshow, pitting teams against each other in a battle to find words and win big cash prizes.

The format has been sold in over 17 territories All3 Media InternationalWith versions of the show produced in major markets including the UK, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and France, the format has aired in France for 29 years.

RuPaul Charles serves as host and executive producer of the US version of RuCo Inc.’s game show alongside Layla Smith for Objective Media Group (an All3Media company), Jilly Pearce for Objective Media Group America and Ed de Burgh for Triple Brew Media. “Lingo” is an All3Media/IDTV and Talpa TV format, distributed by All3Media International.


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