Amazon alum Georgia Brown to lead UK skills task force

Georgia Brown, the former Amazon Studios Europe chief, is to chair a skills task force, convened by The British Film Institute (BFI), to address critical labour shortages in the UK production sector. She will be joined on the task force by more than 20 senior representatives from UK broadcasters BBC, ITV and Channel 4, as […]

Warp Films & BFI alum Mary Burke launches Public Dreams, hires Ecosse exec & unveils slate

Former Warp Films producer’ Mary Burke has launched her own production company, hired an exec from London-based prodco Ecosse and unveiled a smattering of shows in the works with organisations including the BBC. Public Dreams will “produce distinctive, ambitious, commercial content for the British and global markets” and is being launched by Burke following a five-year stint as […]

BFI’s London Film Festival reveals first full series agenda

The BFI’s London Film Festival (LFF) has revealed its first full series programme for the first time in its 65-year history, offering TV-related discussion as well as the premiere of the third season of Succession. The LFF Series agenda will include screenings of new episodes from eight shows in total, including Franco-Argentinian show 4 Feet […]

UK prodco Home Team hires Jessica Hill from Sister for development push

The End of The F***ing World producer Dominic Buchanan and Bennett McGhee (Mogul Mowgli) have hired Jessica Hill from Chernobyl prodco Sister to work across development for their recently launched production firm, Home Team. Hill becomes senior development executive and will support the producing duo as they attempt to bring under-represented talent into the mainstream via feature films […]

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 […]