New fund for docs

Doc-makers to cash in on fresh source of financing, courtesy of a new Carlton, PBS and CPB $20 million production fund.
June 21, 2001

Carlton International Media has partnered with PBS and the CPB to create a US$20 million fund for copros over the next three years. Carlton will contribute $10 million, with PBS and CPB each adding $5 million to the pool, which will serve independent producers in the U.S. and the U.K., as well as PBS stations. The first project to benefit from the fund is a two-hour TV mystery entitled Skin Walkers, produced by Robert Redford’s Santa Monica-based prodco Wildwood Enterprises (ready for delivery in December 2001). According to Rupert Dilnott-Cooper, CEO of Carlton International Media in London, however, ‘The two program types that are absolutely key at the moment are drama and documentaries… Sometimes [docs] are the easiest to do, in terms of international carriage. PBS has a very good track record in that area.’

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