PACT/BECTU TV Drama Agreement review update
Bectu and Pact have recently met for a review of the TV Drama agreement.
There will be another meeting in late October.
In the meantime, if you are presented with a contract for a TV Drama series, please check that the terms are based on the TV agreement (links below). It should NOT be based on the PACT guidelines that have been circulating. Please see a letter from both PACT and Bectu confirming this.
What is the TV Agreement?
The current TV Drama agreement came into effect from 1st December 2017. The groundbreaking agreement was created to broadly codify the way we work and are paid in TV drama. It included many improvements, including the issuing of a 'deal memo' at the start of work, and the standardisation of many terms such as Continuous Working day which were previously open to interpretation between different productions.
What about other TV production?
Consultation to introduce a similar agreement that would also cover all BBC series and serials is currently delayed due to the COVID-19 crisis, but is an area BECTU are looking into. There could be the potential to see if this can be expanded to other areas such as comedy and factual if it was supported by enough branches.
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The story of the re-negotiations so far...
How do I get involved?
Dates and details of the next set of negotiations for the agreement are still unknown, but we'll be in touch as soon as we have them. If you are active in TV drama and have suggestions about how the contractual terms and conditions can be improved please get in touch!