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Production Guild of Great Britain holds sustainable technologies open day

Nov 21, 2023

On Thursday 12th October, Production Guild of Great Britain teamed up with Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden to hold ‘Sustainability Behind the Lens’, an open day for its members and contacts to meet and network with sustainable technology suppliers.

As well as demonstrations from 23 suppliers, we were delighted to bring together 6 members of PGGB’s Sustainability Committee – Ella Nevill, Louise Marie Smith, Matt Spooner, Lorraine Edwards, Karl Liegis and Amelia Price – who were hugely instrumental in pulling together this wonderful event.

Amelia Price, co-founder of Sustainable Film and chair of our Sustainability Committee said: “Sustainability Behind the Lens was a fantastic opportunity to have the leading sustainability suppliers in our industry all in a room together.  We had such a great turn out from engaged Production Guild members, and it was so exciting to see the enthusiastic conversations happening around the room.”

Other members of the Committee were similarly enthusiastic. Karl Liegis, head of production at 60Forty Films, said “To me the Expo demonstrated a number of key things; that there established suppliers out there who are investing in new sustainable technology, that there are new companies being created to solve problems and create a more sustainable industry and finally there are senior personnel at broadcasters, production companies and on sets who are either active or looking for ways to be active in being part of a positive transformation.”

Hugh Whittaker and Sandra McGuinness of Warner Bros Lighting

Louise Marie Smith, founder and managing director of Neptune Sustainability, was also thrilled to see the event come together: “It was wonderful to have the time and space to see the equipment, speak to the suppliers, and meet so many engaged colleagues to discuss how we can clean up our sets, not only to reduce the impact of greenhouse gas emissions, but also to protect the health of the crew we work alongside.”

PGGB members were equally impressed. Iddon Jones of Aria Film Studios said “it was great to hear experts and industry leaders share innovative approaches, insights, cutting-edge eco-friendly technologies, and strategies, igniting hope for a greener future. The event showcased a real sense of shared responsibility and the power of creativity and innovation in our industry, a reminder of our influential role in driving positive change”, while for production accountant Maryllis Gonzalez “it was a good space to ask questions and learn a bit more about the latest developments in the industry.”

Pat Mcenally of GreenKit Lighting

Suppliers present included PGGB Partners and Affiliates CAMA AssetStore, FEWS Film Marquees & Temporary Structures, Location One Ltd., Sunbelt Rentals UK Ltd., Sustainable Film Ltd., Warner Bros. Facilities and Warner Bros. Studio – Set Lighting & Rigging, as well as ASAP Distribution, Film Logistics Ltd, GeoPura, GREEN VOLTAGE Ltd., Hydrologiq Ltd., instagrid, MEMS Power Generation, Neptune Sustainability, Nixon Hire, OnBio Ltd, Production Asset Listing Ltd, Planet Film Unit Signs, PlusZero Power, TheGreenShot, The VECTAR Project Ltd and E-vis.”

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