UK manufacturers are forced to question all cooperation and trade with Russia – The Hollywood Reporter
British trade body Pact, which represents around 700 television production companies in the UK along with independent film producers, has called on its members to stop any business with Russia in the wake of the invasion. Ukraine strategy.
In a statement posted on its website on Tuesday, five days since Russian forces first entered Ukraine and with hostilities growing, the organization also said it had removed all Russian production and business information from its website.
“International sanctions are being implemented against the Russian Government. While Pact sympathizes with Russian creators who don’t have the same freedoms and protections as we enjoy in the UK, Pact has removed all Russian production and business information from the site. and urges members to suspend all cooperation and trade with Russia for the time being,” it wrote.
“Pact expresses our deepest sympathies to the Ukrainian people, and especially to our colleagues working in the Ukrainian film and television sector. Together with other industry organizations, Pact calls for an end to hostilities in Ukraine and a resolution of the conflict by diplomatic means, respect for the rule of law and for the rights of the Ukrainian people.
Pact’s decision follows a series of swift actions by the global film and television industry in solidarity with Ukraine, with many companies starting to punish Russia after the invasion. Disney, Sony and Warner Bros. has withdrawn or halted theatrical shows that had been scheduled for domestic release, and the Stockholm and Glasgow film festivals are boycotting Russian state-backed films from their shows. Just an hour before the publication of Pact’s statement, the international TV market MIPTV condemned the Russian invasion and said it would obey French sanctions, a move that could mean there is little or no Russian presence in the Cannes television market.