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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, […]

High-end tax credits elevate record levels of UK production

High-end tax credits for the UK’s television sector generated a record £896.7m ($1.2bn) in 2016, and doubled local production in four years, according to a new report by The British Film Institute. The report has shown that an estimated £632m ($832m) in tax relief seeded £3.2bn ($4.2bn) in direct production spend across all screen sectors […]

UK-Brazil coproduction treaty ratified

The UK and Brazil production treaty has finally been formalised, smoothing the way for TV and film coproductions between the two countries. The pact was negotiated by the British Film Institute on the UK side, with support from the UK government, and the Brazilian Film Agency (BRAVI). Productions covered by the treaty will be given national […]

UK will cover Brexit TV shortfall

The UK Treasury has pledged to underwrite any shortfall resulting from content companies receiving EU funding when Brexit is enacted. There has been widespread concern and confusion among UK producers about the status of projects receiving Creative Europe funding when the UK exits the European Union, which will happen following the result of June’s national […]