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£3million fund to boost television production announced

Published: 21 Aug 2018

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£3million fund to boost television production announced

New Screen Scotland brand revealed

Film and TV production spend figures in Scotland highest ever

Today, on the eve of the Edinburgh TV Festival, Creative Scotland announces the launch of a new £3 million fund for broadcast content and reveals the new identity for Screen Scotland, the partnership that will drive a more successful, vibrant and sustainable screen sector for Scotland. Also announced today are the highest ever Film and TV production spend figures for Scotland.

The new £3million Broadcast Content Fund, the latest in a series of new and enhanced funds, will support the development and production of distinctive high-quality projects for television broadcast, digital broadcast and streaming platforms that promote Scotland’s culture, creativity and diversity to the world. Open to Scotland-based production companies, the Broadcast Content Fund will make development and production awards of between £10,000-£500,000.

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

A new dedicated website - www.screen.scot - is where all details of new and increased support can be found, alongside a wealth of information on Scottish film and television talent, productions, locations, and festivals.

Also revealed today are the latest available figures showing that spend on film and TV in Scotland in 2017 reached £95 million – the highest level since records began – and a £26 million increase on the previous year. Over the past decade, spend has increased more than 300%.

Film and TV productions shot in Scotland last year include Avengers: Infinity War, Outlaw King*, Outlander, Patrick Melrose, Mary Queen Of Scots, The Cry*, The Victim*, Tell It To The Bees*, Freedom Fields*, Keepers*, Aquarela*, Wild Rose*, Ordeal By Innocence*, We Don’t Talk About Love*, Anna And The Apocalypse*, Beats*, Only You*, The Party’s Just Beginning. *denotes film and TV productions in receipt of Creative Scotland funding

Robert Wilson, Chair of Creative Scotland said: “I’m enormously proud to be announcing this significant moment in the development of Scotland’s screen sector. As a result of the determination and focus of all our partners, the hard work of our dedicated team, and the incredible support of the Scottish Government and the National Lottery, we are another step closer to delivering a strong and confident sector for the benefit of all.

“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.

“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.

“With Isabel Davis joining us to lead Screen Scotland in a matter of weeks, David Mackenzie’s Outlaw King opening Toronto International Film Festival, the extraordinary feature documentary Aquarela receiving its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival next month, as well as record levels of production spend in Scotland, these are truly exciting times for Scotland’s screen sector.”

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs said: “I’m delighted to welcome Screen Scotland, a vital component in our wider vision for Scotland’s screen sector.

“It aims to attract, retain and develop talent and businesses in Scotland. There is new and enhanced funding and support that puts Scotland on a par with other nations. The new Broadcast Content Fund will invest £3m in our TV sector to provide it with the targeted financial backing it needs to develop.

“Scotland has the talent and the opportunity to grow its TV sector and the job of Screen Scotland is to make sure we seize the moment.”

Today’s announcement follows the recent appointment of three new Board members, Elizabeth Partyka, David Strachan and Ewan Angus whose extensive experience of broadcasting, television and film will help drive further growth for Scotland's film and TV sector as set out in the plans for the Screen Scotland.

Notes to Editors

Broadcast Content Fund

Full application guidance for the Broadcast Content Fund can be found at www.screen.scot/funding

By broadcast content we mean a single or a series of audio visual works intended for commercial distribution to a dispersed audience via any electronic mass communication medium, including but not limited to television broadcast, digital broadcast and streaming platforms in a one-to-many model.

The Broadcast Content Fund accepts applications for all genres of broadcast content including factual and scripted programming.

For information about our new and enhanced funds for film and TV, and everything you need to know about filming in Scotland, please visit: www.screen.scot

Screen Scotland

Screen Scotland is the new dedicated partnership for screen in Scotland, delivering enhanced support for all aspects of Scotland’s screen sector.

Screen Scotland will lead the growth of the sector through increased funding and support for film and television production, an increase in specialist staff and further investment in skills, festivals, audiences and education.

Screen Scotland sits within Creative Scotland and is a partnership with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council, with funding from Scottish Government and the National Lottery.

Screen Scotland will fund, develop and grow Scotland’s screen sector by:

  • Boosting production by increasing funding and support to grow the number and diversity of film and TV productions from Scotland
  • Creating specialist business development provision for screen businesses ensuring that advice and support is appropriate and easy to access
  • Improving employment opportunities in the sector through increased and co-ordinated opportunities for training and development
  • Developing audiences by improving access to Scottish film and TV productions at home and internationally
  • Improving the provision of film and moving image education in every context, increasing its reach, depth and inclusivity
  • Growing and improving Scotland’s screen infrastructure including studio facilities
  • Developing Scotland’s reputation as a destination for international productions and co-productions, supported by our world-class talent, crews, facilities and unique locations.

For more information please visit www.screen.scot and follow Screen Scotland on Twitter and Instagram.

Scottish Production Spend Figures by year

  • 2017 - £95.0 million
  • 2016 - £69.4 million
  • 2015 - £52.7 million
  • 2014 - £45.8 million
  • 2013 - £33.6 million
  • 2012 - £27.0 million
  • 2011 - £29.3 million
  • 2010 - £21.5 million
  • 2009 - £24.0 million
  • 2008 - £28.0 million
  • 2007 - £23.0 million

These figures are an accumulation of those supplied by the Scottish Locations Network plus information from Creative Scotland’s production enquiries database.

Media Contact

Wendy Grannon, Media Relations and PR Manager
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Wendy.Grannon@creativescotland.com

Eilidh Walker, Media Relations and PR
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