The CEOs of all four organizations have also written to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, about the vital importance to the UK of the audiovisual sector's continued investment in original content - and the increasing need to exploit it across a range of different new platforms and devices.
In particular they warn that a weakening of the intellectual property (IP) regime in the UK threatens to undermine the sectors' ability to reinvest profits in economic growth and job creation - and to support innovation and cultural diversity.
According to the report, by Robin Foster and Tom Broughton of communications chambers, the UK is now arguably a creative laboratory for television with over 500 channels competing for customer attention.
The report shows that - the audiovisual sector invests Â£4 billion every year in UK content; the sector supports over 7,000 firms ranging from start-ups to production companies and supports 132,000 jobs; in 2008 independent production in the UK was worth over Â£2.2 billion - an increase of almost 170 percent on 10 years earlier; and in 2010 almost half of expenditure on UK originated content went to independent production companies.
The report also shows that - the UK TV sector has a global competitive advantage: the international sale of UK TV programmes and associated activities grew to Â£1,337m in 2009, a 127 percent increase on 2006; and a strong IP regime has been a key factor in the strength of the creative industries in the UK and that a weakening of the regime could lead to a vicious spiral of declining revenues, investments and audiences.
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