Sky Vision, the production and distribution arm of Sky, has teamed with the Welsh Government on new factual projects from Blink Films and Telesgop Productions.
The factual investment is part of the Welsh Entertainment and Factual Fund, which is aimed at supporting early development of new programming from Wales.
In addition, the fund will also be used to create pilots from Welsh prodcos and UK-based companies looking to produce content in Wales.
Sky Vision program,s with backing from the government of Wales, include Blink Films’ fact-ent series One Star to Five Star, Telesgop Productions’ factual series The Climate Challenge and the development of two untitled lifestyle projects from Orchard Media and Folk Films.
One Star to Five Star (20 x 30 minutes) for British pubcaster Channel 4 will feature Gogglebox‘s Steph and Dom as they offer attempt to transform struggling hotel and guest-houses into five star establishments through a series of daily upgrade challenges. Sky Vision will launch the series at MIPCOM 2017, which is also available as a format.
The 3 x 60-minute Climate Challenge for Welsh-language pubcaster S4C is to examine the significant challenges people around the world are facing as a consequence of climate change. The series was originally produced in the Welsh language and is now in production for a second series. The fund will support the creation of an English version for international distribution, which will be launched by Sky Vision to international broadcasters in Cannes this October.
The untitled projects from Orchard Media and Folk Films have yet to be greenlit by a broadcaster. However, Sky Vision anticipates that the development funding will “significantly contribute towards a successful commission,” with the resulting projects to be distributed internationally by Sky Vision.
“The Welsh Fund was set up by the Welsh Government and Sky Vision to support the development of internationally appealing factual content from Wales, and we delighted that these investments are achieving precisely that,” said Barney Shingleton, director of factual and entertainment at Sky Vision, in a statement. “There are plenty more projects in the pipeline and we look forward to announcing further investments in the near future. Our hope is that this will encourage more companies to come forward with great new content opportunities which can be produced out of Wales.”
“I am pleased this strategic partnership with Sky Vision is delivering results for Welsh companies and providing opportunities for independent Welsh production companies to target new international audiences,” added Welsh economy secretary Ken Skates. “Creative industries is one of our priority economic sectors with TV production a strong and dynamic area of growth so it’s good to hear how this Fund is directly supporting this growth.”