Published on: 14 March 2024 in Industry

Representing you in Westminster and across the industry

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We’ve been busy speaking on your behalf to politicians and decision-makers in the position to make real, substantial changes in our industry.

Representing you out and about

Yesterday, Andy Harrower was one of a select few industry leaders invited to attend Sir Keir Starmer’s speech at Labour Creatives Conference. On social media, Andy welcomed the speech’s conviction on the importance of the creative industries. The event also provided a valuable opportunity for Andy to have conversations with Labour party figures about the desperate need to fix the current broken freelance model. 

We were also amongst policy-makers on Monday, where we joined a meeting at the House of Lords on Lord Holmes of Richmond’s Artificial Intelligence (Regulation) Bill. There, we were able to keep across the Bill’s progress at this early stage, and show support for its provisions protecting creators’ copyright. We also took part in a British Copyright Council meeting on AI, where we stressed the importance of protecting creators’ work as the technology advances.

Elsewhere, we attended an update with Creative UK’s Trade Body Network, sharing the directors’ viewpoint in broad industry discussions which included the shortfall in commissions, and drafting creative sector manifestos for the prospective General Election.

Representing you in the media

Following the announcement of the Spring Budget, Andy Harrower wrote an article for Broadcast. He touched upon the multifaceted nature of the current crisis in the screen sector – from collapsing career pathways to the disintegration of opportunities in the Nations and regions – and urged that something must be done to stop the freefall of our industry. Click here to read the article, which we’ve made available to members on our website.

Andy also drew attention to the shortfall of work in the sector by sending an open letter to Lucy Frazer MP - Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport - supporting Bectu’s calls for an urgent industry summit. You can read the letter in full here.

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