Extra: Scottish gov’t to help fund film and TV school; All 4 orders “First Gay Summer”

BBC to launch film and TV school hub in Scotland British pubcaster BBC has partnered with the Scottish government to launch a film and television school hub out of BBC Scotland’s ...
August 28, 2017

BBC to launch film and TV school hub in Scotland

British pubcaster BBC has partnered with the Scottish government to launch a film and television school hub out of BBC Scotland’s Glasgow and Dumbarton studios.

The National Film and Television School (NFTS) will look to grow students’ media skills as a result from the expected growth in film and television production in the country. NFTS Scotland is expected to launch in January, with students enrolling from April.

Backed by a £475,000 (US$613,700) cash injection from the Government of Scotland, NFTS Scotland will delier such courses as production accounting, script editing, factual development and drama, craft and movie production accounting.

The hub, which has been developed in partnership with the BBC for the whole industry, is supported by industry partners including STV, Channel 4 and the British Film Institute (BFI).

The BBC has already committed to an additional investment of £40 million per year in Scotland and plans to launch a new channel in the region next year.

All 4 commissions Plimsoll for fact-ent series

Channel 4′s VOD service All 4 has ordered Our First Gay Summer: Mykonos (pictured) from UK indie Plimsoll Productions. 

The eight-part fact-ent series will trace the lives of three young gay Brits over the summer as they head to Mykonos, Greece, one of the most gay-friendly destinations in the world, to live, work and party.

Plimsoll’s Karen Plumb will exec produce Our First Gay Summer: Mykonos, which was commissioned by All 4′s Todd Florance.

“This is a great example of a format finding its perfect partner,” said Plumb in a statement. “We couldn’t be happier to collaborate with All 4 to not only create a fascinating series but to also further our expansion into VOD programming.”

ITV2 preps Survival of the Fittest

UK commercial broadcaster ITV2 has linked with Motion Content Group to produce a new survival series.

Survival of the Fittest will feature a group of young singletons, split by gender, competing in a series of physical and mental challenges to determine which sex “has the upper hand.” Simultaneously, romantic dates will test the contestants’ loyalties to the limit. Viewers will determine who stays in the competition, with the winner receiving a big cash prize.

Produced by ITV Studios and Love Island-makers Motion Content Group, the series was ordered by ITV2′s Paul Mortimer, head of digital channels and acquisitions, and will be overseen by Amanda Stavri, commissioner for comedy & entertainment.

Richard Cowles will head up the series for ITV Studios, which will be executive produced by Andy Cadman, with Martin Oxley of Motion Content Group.

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