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Screen Scotland injects £3 million boost to TV production

Screen Scotland, a division of Creative Scotland, has unveiled a £3 million (US$3.9 million) fund for broadcast television content. The new Broadcast Content Fund aims to promote sustainable growth within Scotland’s ...
August 22, 2018

Screen Scotland, a division of Creative Scotland, has unveiled a £3 million (US$3.9 million) fund for broadcast television content.

The new Broadcast Content Fund aims to promote sustainable growth within Scotland’s broadcast production sector with an eye toward developing new projects, scaling up successful titles and producing commissioned programs, including for digital broadcast and streaming platforms.

The Broadcast Content Fund will provide Scotland-based prodcos with development and production backing of between £10,000-£500,000 (US$13,000-US$645,000) who are creating a single or a series of projects intended for commercial distribution. The fund will accept applications for all genres of broadcast content, including factual and scripted programming.

Full application guidance for the Broadcast Content Fund can be found here.

This is just the latest in a string of new funds at Screen Scotland, including the Film Development and Production Fund, Production Growth Fund, Film Festivals Fund, Distribution and Exhibition Fund, and Market and Festival Attendance Fund.

In addition, Screen Scotland now has a dedicated site, providing all announcements and details on support initiatives, along with information on Scottish film and television talent, productions, locations and festivals.

The funding announcement follows the recent appointment of new Screen Scotland board members Elizabeth Partyka, David Strachan and Ewan Angus.

“Building on the sector’s achievements to date, these latest announcements deliver further on the promise to increase funding, build stronger relationships at home, in the wider UK and internationally, increase capacity within Screen Scotland, working in close collaboration with the sector to ensure its success,” Creative Scotland chair Robert Wilson  said in a statement. “I firmly believe that Screen Scotland’s identity offers a clear and distinct brand that will resonate with the sector and our national and international partners.”

Screen Scotland is backed with £20 million from Scottish Government and the National Lottery. The organization will look to bring together creative, skills and enterprise partners to provide the funding and support that will drive cultural, social and economic development for Scotland’s screen sector. 

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