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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 […]

S4C, BFI victims of government cutbacks

Welsh-language broadcaster S4C has had its budget cut in the latest round of cost cutting by the UK government. The free-to-air broadcaster currently receives £6.7 million (US$10.1 million) from the UK government, which will be reduced to £5 million. The cut was revealed as UK authorities unveiled a widespread spending review. The Department for Culture, […]

BFI launches subscription VOD service

The British Film Institute has launched a new subscription video-on-demand offering a curated selection of “classic and critically-acclaimed films”. BFI Player+ will offer hundreds of film titles and will cost £4.99 (US$7.62) per month, with no fixed contract. The BFI said that service was shaped through user feedback and aims to celebrate “the best of […]