Channel 4′s Indie Growth Fund has taken a minority stake in former C4 exec Nick Mirksy’s Bristol-based factual indie Five Mile Films.
Five Mile Films recently announced its first series commission, The Dog House for C4. The 8 x 60-minute docuseries follows the team at Wood Green, the animals charity in Cambridgeshire, as they care for and rehabilitate neglected dogs and find them new homes.
Prior to his tenure at C4, Mirksy worked at the pubcaster BBC across documentaries, arts and business. He executive produced the BBC2 documentary strand ‘Wonderland’ and documentaries and dramas including When Michael Portillo Became A Single Mum and Maxwell.
Launched 2014, the Indie Growth Fund was designed to provide additional support to the British indie creative sector by providing access to funding for indies based in the UK to help them grow and develop their business. To date, the Fund has made 16 investments with 12 companies in the portfolio, including Barcroft Studios, Firecrest Films, Lightbox, and Voltage TV.
“Nick has an excellent track record as both a commissioner and a program maker so we’re looking forward to helping him build a creative team who can produce at scale outside of London,” said Caroline Murphy, head of the Channel 4 Indie Growth Fund, in a statement.
(With files from Frederick Blichert)