New £1m fund launched in Scotland for TV companies

Natalie Woolman
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A new £1 million scheme designed to boost television production in Scotland has been launched today.

The new initiative, which have been unveiled by Scottish Enterprise and Creative Scotland, will provide co-investment in TV projects alongside private sector funders. It is hoped that this direct support will give producers access to finances that will enable them to make high quality programmes that appeal to both domestic and international markets.

Jane Muirhead, chair of PACT in Scotland, said: “This important initiative has been designed by listening to the independent TV sector and responding to some of the challenges that currently face the industry. This scheme will serve as a lever to get content made, and to exploit and take that content global. It will support business and creativity and safeguard jobs, while building a strong skill base for the future.”

Cabinet secretary for the Scottish Government Fiona Hyslop added: “This Television Production Scheme is a welcome boost for production companies located in Scotland. By providing access to finance, it will improve the scale and quality of Scottish productions, making them more attractive to broadcasters at home and abroad and helping to enhance our nation’s reputation for creative excellence.”

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