Indielab returns for third year
London-based TV accelerator program Indielab, which provides young production outfits with a boost to their operations, has opened its 2018 application process.
Launched in October 2015 by former Be Good Films co-founder Victoria Powell, the annual program seeks to promote a sustainable independent television sector in the UK by equipping fledgling companies with the skills, networks and investment needed to scale their businesses.
The initiative is returning for a third year with an expanded region and genre reach, and a renewed commitment to support Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME)- and female-owned companies.
As in previous years, Indielab will offer 15 small indies and startups across all genres with the insight, business training, networking and investment needed to scale their businesses.
Eligible companies must be founded and registered in the UK with up to £5 million (US$6.23 million) in turnover, at least two broadcast credits within the last three years and be 75% independently owned.
Three indies from past programs have recently closed investment deals: Edge Investments has taken a stake in Antidote Productions; entrepreneur and investor Richard Green has backed Gillane Seaborne‘s Midnight Oil Pictures; and Awesome Media & Entertainment has sold a share to the Kew Media Group.
Entries for the 2018 initiative will be open until Feb. 7, 2018. Prodcos can apply to the program via Indielab’s website. Successful applicants will be announced in March 2018 and invited to nominate two employees to take part in the program, which will run from March to May 2018.
Faces Places takes NYFCC Awards
Faces Places (pictured), French director Agnès Varda’s doc collaboration with French street artist JR, has picked up best documentary honors at the 2018 New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) awards.
The 89-minute film, which world premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, follows the legendary Varda, now in her 80s, as she and JR travel across rural France. The people they meet, which include coal miners and cheese makers, result in large-scale, monochromatic portraits that JR develops and affixes to local buildings.
Faces Places was awarded the 2017 Cannes Golden Eye documentary prize in May, and took home the Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award at the 42nd edition of the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
The NYFCC comprises New York critics from daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and online publications. Last year, the organization selected Ezra Edelman and ESPN’s acclaimed eight-part docuseries O.J.: Made in America for the doc prize.
Entertainment One unveils podcast network
Global studio Entertainment One (eOne) has expanded its digital footprint with the launch of a podcast network.
Currently featuring more than 20 varying podcasts, the push into audio continues eOne’s goal of “creating and delivering high-quality relevant entertainment”.
Included in eOne’s podcast lineup are Sickboy, a comedic perspective on how to talk about coping with illness and death; Sebastian Major’s Our Fake History, which uncovers what’s fact or fiction from history’s greatest tales and was featured in this year’s Hot Docs Podcast Festival; and The Reality Check, exploring controversial topics in culture, science and critical thinking.
eOne’s podcast network, which is available on all major podcast platforms, was launched in 2016 under the Antica banner and has since become one of Canada’s fastest growing networks.
For more information and details on the podcasts available, click here.