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Sustainability behind the Lens

Fri 20th Oct 2023

Last week, we held sustainable technologies open day at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, and we caught up with PGGB members and our Sustainability Committee to see how it went.

On Thursday 12th October, we teamed up with Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden to hold 'Sustainability Behind the Lens', an open day for our 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. We thought we’d check in with them to see how it all went!

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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.” 

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.”