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The Extras Dept., the leading extras agency based in Northern Ireland, has made innovative use of advanced electronic signature, provided by Legalesign, to develop new fully automated and paperless processes that drives forward Northern Ireland’s competitiveness in the film and TV sector.

The Extras Dept., Northern Ireland’s biggest and only agency, supplies extras for productions by ITV’s The Frankenstein Chronicles and BBC’s the Fall & Line of Duty. The company is growing and now plans to open a new office in Dublin.

The company manages hundreds of extras a day, issuing them with a non-disclosure agreement and a release every morning to secure their "acting contribution" for the day. Prior to integrating electronic signature, these releases would not be signed by the extra until the end of the day.

This exposed a risk to production companies that ran into then tens of thousands of pounds. In the event an extra refused to sign the...

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