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PactUS Signs 30 Independent TV & Content Production Banners, Including Endemol Shine North America, All3Media America & Their Family Of Companies, To Its Initial Membership Roster

March 2, 2016 - PactUS, an association formed in 2015 dedicated to helping U.S.-based non-fiction and scripted independent production companies improve their businesses, today announced the signing of Endemol Shine North America, All3Media America, their family of companies and others – representing a total of 30 TV and content production banners – to its initial membership roster.

With the signings, PactUS instantly counts a large segment of the U.S. independent production community as its members, All3Media America’s Bentley Productions, Bogner Content, Commonwealth Unscripted, Company Pictures, ID-TV, Lime, Lion Television USA, Maverick, MME Moviement, North One Television, Objective Productions, Optomen Television USA, Seven Stories, South Pacific Pictures and Studio Lambert.

Among others joining are Broderville Pictures, Cineflix, Hot Snakes Media, October Films, ProMedia, Propagate Content, Phiphen Pictures, Punched in the Head, Talos Films and 2CMedia. Additionally, Audio Network becomes its first associate member.

PactUS President David Lyle said, “With these outstanding independent production companies forming the nucleus of our organization, and other significant U.S. players poised to join with us in the weeks and months ahead, our attention now turns to giving them all of the support they need to succeed.  Specifically, our aim is to offer them everything to take advantage of emerging opportunities both here and globally, while also helping them to navigate all of the ups, downs and complexities of a vital, constantly evolving independent production business.”

Added Ben Samek, Chief Operating Officer, Endemol Shine North America, “Our company has enjoyed a long, successful relationship with Pact in Europe and we're now looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together here in the U.S.”

As a first step in increasing the participation of its member companies in the international market, Mr. Lyle disclosed PactUS will sponsor the USA Pavilion dedicated exclusively to the independent television and content production community at the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market. It will host a membership delegation at the March 14-17 market to meet with buyers, format sellers, potential co-production partners and investors from across the region, including China, South Korea, Singapore, Australia and Japan.

The PactUS member production companies headed to Hong Kong will be accompanied by Matt Gould, EVP, PactUS, who oversees East coast operations for the organization, and receive reimbursement for a significant portion of their travel and accommodation expenses.

Launched in 2015, PactUS is an association dedicated to helping U.S.-based independent non-fiction and scripted production member companies improve their businesses now and in the future.

Drawing on Pact’s huge success in Britain, PactUS will never waiver in its mission to look over the horizon at ways to help members capitalize on emerging opportunities, meet new challenges and be smarter in all sorts of ways by:

·         Offering the latest information from specialists about key industry topics and trends ranging from new deal structures, international and sponsorship opportunities to business and legal issues;

·         Keeping members interconnected with the latest news – and each other – for the broadest view of the TV and content landscape through meetings, webinars and podcasts offering expert advice;

·         Protecting members’ intellectual property rights and improving ownership positions;

·         And serving as an informed voice speaking for members and the industry through outreach to local and state governments, as well as industry leaders, with detailed research and insights – all designed to ensure U.S. scripted and unscripted TV production is recognized as the powerful economic driver it is.

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