29 May 2014
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) today announced UKTV will join the BAFTA Albert Consortium, the industry body for environmental sustainability within television production.
The Consortium comprises the UK's leading broadcasters and production companies. UKTV joins existing members ITV, Sky, BBC, Channel 4, Kudos, IMG, Twofour, Endemol and all3media, with Shed Media and NBCUniversal Television Production joining this year also.
Since its formation in 2011, the Consortium has been working to increase awareness of the environmental impact of the production process in the UK and oversees a number of innovative projects related to sustainable production, including the recently launched 'albert+' certification. 'albert+' educates programme makers in sustainable production and highlights the green credentials of qualifying programmes by displaying the 'albert+' badge in their credits.
Leah Milton, UKTV Head of Production, said,
UKTV's commitment to sustainability is reflective of the passionate, imaginative and creative culture of the company and our staff. We are delighted to have joined the BAFTA Albert Consortium and are dedicated to ensuring all programmes we commission address the issue.
Kevin Price, Chief Operating Officer of BAFTA, said,
'Pooling experience and resources are effective ways of addressing an industry issue, so we are delighted to welcome more companies to the Consortium.'
UKTV is the multi-award winning media company that reaches over 42 million viewers per month.
UKTV's ten imaginative channel brands - Watch, Dave, Gold, Alibi, Eden, Yesterday, Drama, Really, Home and Good Food - include the most watched non-PSB channel, the most watched channel in the Factual genre and the most watched channels in the Lifestyle genre (Pay and Free). The company's most recent financial results showed a record-breaking year-end revenue of £262m, and operating profit at £71m.
UKTV has a truly innovative model, curating brand-defining commissions, high-profile acquisitions and the very best of BBC and Channel 4 content, and embracing technology to deliver inspired channels to audiences through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT TV, TalkTalk, YouView, plus direct On Demand digital services. The network distributes its highly valued programmes to 200 territories around the world and supplies Sky with more hours of HD content than anyone else.
Now celebrating its 21st year at the forefront of digital television, UKTV - an independent commercial joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI) - is proud to be the only British broadcaster to be recognised by Best Companies.
About the BAFTA Albert Consortium
The BAFTA Albert Consortium features 12 of the UK's largest production companies and broadcasters. Founded in 2011, the Consortium is the leading think-tank on sustainability for film and television, working to raise the profile of sustainability in the industry, championing sustainable production techniques and freely providing the tools, guidance and direction needed to reduce the impact of moving-image media production on the environment. The group's current projects include 'albert+', the Albert carbon calculator, Media Greenhouse and a sustainable production module.
For more information, visit www.bafta.org/albert.