UK-based TV accelerator program Indielab has named the 16 participating members of its 2019 cohort in the fourth edition of their business-growth accelerator program.
The program, founded in 2015 by TV exec and Indielab CEO Victoria Powell, seeks to support and promote indie TV production in the UK by providing its participants with cross-sector support to help them achieve scale. Each company receives specialist consultancy from more than 50 industry leaders.
To reflect Indielab’s commitment to diversity, more than half of the companies selected to join the 2019 program have their full-time headquarters outside of London, and half are owned by BAME (black, Asian, and minority ethnic) and/or female founders.
Selected participants are: Afro-Mic Productions, Air TV, Appeal TV, Chatterbox Media, Chalkboard TV, Curious Films, Loud Minds, Mam Tor Productions, Marble Films, Minnow Films, Proper Content, Red and Black Films, Rockerdale Studios, ScreenDog Productions, Tigerlily Productions and Yeti Media.
Returning sponsors of the Indielab program include BBC, Channel 4, Film London, Banijay Rights, Barclays, law firm Harbottle & Lewis, media-investment specialist Ingenious, Sony Pictures Television and media accounting and tax consultants Ecovis Wingrave Yeats and Nyman Libson Paul.
The 2019 Indielab accelerator runs from now to the end of May.
“In a TV landscape transforming at great speed, competitiveness, talent and resilience have never been more important for indies,” said Powell in a statement. “It was to help sustain and nurture the UK’s indie community — wherever they are based, and whatever the gender or ethnicity of their founders — that Indielab Accelerator was launched. We are very grateful to our sponsors for supporting us in our mission to support a vibrant and successful UK Indie sector that reflects and represents the UK in the 21st century.”
“Indielab has provided Middlechild with a whole new way of envisaging our future — one that will help us make more strategically minded decisions,” added Andrew Eastel, co-founder and creative director of 2018 Indielab participant Middlechild Productions. “We would wholeheartedly recommend the program to all indies with ambition to scale.”