New fund for Welsh TV production

Only ConnectThe Welsh government and Sky Vision are launching a strategic funding partnership to support the development of non-scripted TV production in Wales and boost international sales. 

Economy Minister Edwina Hart announced the fund, which is specifically to boost productions aimed at international audiences. 

Although Wales has long enjoyed a reputation for supporting high-end TV drama, this particular fund is for factual and entertainment shows. It will back new programmes or series made by independent Welsh production companies, while also encouraging UK companies generally to produce their content in Wales. 

Hart said of the fund: “The creative industries is one of our fastest-growing priority sectors. We want to establish Wales as an international centre of excellence for high-end TV production worldwide and this investment is part of our plan to create a long-term, sustainable TV industry in Wales.”

Sky Vision - the international production and distribution arm of Sky - and the Welsh government are investing £200,000 each in the funding programme, with projects to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

The finance will be available for developing programme concepts, making pilot episodes and maximising distribution revenue.

Photo is of Victoria Coren hosting Only Connect, the kind of Wales-based show that may be eligible. 

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