Universal Principles of Engagement Set To Be Announced At World Producers Summit

Cannes, France -  On  Wednesday, 19 June at 13:00,(7:00 AM EDT), the Commercial Film Producers of Europe (CFP-E), the Association of In-dependent Commercial Producers (AICP) and the Advertising Producers Association (APA) will publish the Universal Principles of Engagement at the World Producers Summit in Cannes, France.

In a first-of-its-kind document, the Universal Principles of Engagement will outline a recommended set of global principles for production companies and the agencies, clients and other organisations they serve to adhere to in order to ensure structure, clarity and fair practices in worldwide commercials production.

Now in its ninth year, the World Producers Summit is a fringe event held during the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, where 100 production company owners from around the world gather to share insights about industry affairs.  Previ-ous summits have addressed issues such as procurement, the pitching process and slow payments, but this year the discussion will transform into action.

For the first time ever, producers associations from around the world have worked on and will endorse a set of core principles aimed at establishing a foundation for producing commercials that transcends borders and is truly universal.

“We saw the same basic issues coming up over and over again and in different mar-kets, so decided there was value in addressing those in a document that could be applied to any production market in the world,” says Matt Miller, Chief Executive of the AICP; Steve Davies, Chief Executive of the APA; and Francois Chilot, Chairman of the CFP-E. The three executives have spearheaded the initiative.

The Universal Principles of Engagement is focused on a written contract, something that exists in some territories but not in all. “The contract is beneficial to all parties because it ensures that what the production company thinks it is providing and what the agency/client thinks it is getting is the same thing, minimising the risk of misunderstanding, costs that are in dispute and/or an unhappy client,” say Miller, Chilot and Davies.

“Other basic principles – such as an upfront payment of at least 50 percent of the budget – are vital to create a basic structure in which a production company can op-erate,” they continue. “As we do not have retained clients but rely on projects, the 50 percent upfront is crucial to both the fiscal survival of production companies resulting in allowing our people the space to remain passionate about producing great work and set new agendas.”

The Universal Principles have been endorsed by producers associations around the world, including (but not limited to) the AICP (US), CFP-E (Europe), APA (UK), Produzenten Allianz (Germany), APFP (France), AMFI (Mexico), APRO (Brazil), CPAT (Canada) and many others. It will be each association’s responsibility to prop-agate the use of the principles in its own region, although it is not essential for a company to be a member of its local association to adopt them in its business ap-proach.  Other associations will be bringing this document and philosophy back to their regions from the summit. 

“Territories with the least developed production frameworks will benefit most from the Universal Principles of Engagement,” say Miller, Davies and Chilot. “However, production companies in the markets with sophisticated business and contractual structures will benefit too because when they work in other markets it will give them a better basis for contracting with the agency, engaging them in a clear and fair way. The agencies will benefit for the same reasons.”

For more information about the Universal Principles of Engagement contact:

Anthony Vagnoni
avagnoni communications


Matt Miller, AICP

Steve Davies, APA


Marianna Souza, APRO
Brazil: +55-11-3089-9606
US: +1-310-598-8481

Carlos Barrón, Latin American Producers Association


Francois Chilot, CFP-E

Manfred Vogelsänger, Produzenten Allianz


Roopak Saluja, Bang Bang Films