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Kids round-up: BFI reveals new slate; Keith Chapman takes ‘Camp Furly’ to market; UK’s C5 expands Milkshake!

New BFI-funded children’s slate announced Twelve new productions for young audiences have been commissioned in the UK thanks to the British Film Institute (BFI)-funded Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF). This new slate of series and specials includes commissions for broadcasters Channel 4, E4, Channel 5’s Milkshake!, CITV and S4C, and follows the initial nine projects announced […]

Sky unveils doc & nature channel launch dates, donates to Covid-19 fund

European pay-TV operator Sky will launch its two new UK factual channels – Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature – in May, and has donated more than $600,000 to the country’s Covid-19 relief fund. The channels, which were unveiled in February, will start airing from 27 May alongside Sky History, the co-branded venture between the pay-TV […]

UK’s Covid-19 fund opens as survey reveals huge hit on freelancers

The UK’s Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund has opened for applications after being launched by the British Film Institute (BFI) and The Film & TV Charity, which has also revealed the deep impact of the crisis on the freelance community. The time-limited fund – applications will remain open for two weeks – offers […]

Netflix donates $1.2m to BFI, Film & TV Charity’s Covid-19 fund

The UK’s British Film Institute (BFI) and The Film and TV Charity have launched a new industry-backed Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund, with a £1m ($1.2m) donation from Netflix. The scheme is designed to support the creative community by providing emergency short-term relief to the thousands of active workers and freelancers who have […]

BFI’s Young Audiences Content Fund: a fund indeed for a nation in need

The UK children’s industry is already feeling the benefit of a new $70m fund but what are the longer repercussions both domestically and internationally? Ann-Marie Corvin reports Funding kids content is a challenge in many territories but the market failure of domestic children’s programming in the UK has finally prompted government intervention. One of its […]

BFI backs major new UK fund for premium content

The British Film Institute has reached out to the private sector to launch a new independent equity finance initiative aimed at funding high-end productions. Calculus Capital and screen finance outfit Stargrove Pictures have been selected to manage the fund, which aims to exploit the global surge in demand for premium content fuelled by streamers such […]

UK launches £57m Young Audience Content Fund

The British Film Institute (BFI) has launched the UK Government’s £57m ($74.45) Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF), devised to support the creation of new programming for children and young audiences aged up to 18. The three-year pilot fund, which is part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Contestable Fund, will support free-to-access […]

High-end TV production spend in the UK hits £1.2bn

High-end TV (HETV) production spend in the UK reached £1.2bn in 2018, up by 4% from the year prior, according to British Film Institute (BFI) figures. The figure marks the highest level of spend since the introduction of tax breaks in 2013 and stretched across 119 productions. The consolidated spend in 2017 was £1.13bn. Of […]

BBC Children’s Jackie Edwards to head up BFI Young Audiences Content Fund

The BBC’s head of children’s acquisitions and animation, Jackie Edwards, has been appointed as head of the British Film Institute’s (BFI) Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF). The YACF is a new pilot delivered by the BFI as part of the UK Government’s support for “distinct, high-quality content” for children and young audiences to be broadcast […]

UK government unveils details of £60m kids TV fund

The UK government has announced the final details of a £60m (US$78m) fund that aims to halt the decline of UK-produced children’s TV content. First announced in December 2017, the scope of the Contestable Fund has now been confirmed, with up to £57m of the money to be assigned to the Young Audiences Content Fund, […]