Eight production companies from various parts of the UK have been announced as recipients of this year’s Emerging Indie Fund, while six other N&R-based indies have received discretionary awards from Channel 4.

Channel 4’s Emerging Fund provides a comprehensive support package for independent production companies, aiding in their growth, securing more business, and enhancing their long-term prospects.

Benefits for indies in the Emerging Indie Fund include financial assistance for slate development, regular access to a Channel 4 Commissioning Editor, ongoing contact with Channel 4’s Head of Indie Relations Rebecca Thompson, development workshops, expert advice from various Channel 4 departments such as commercial affairs, legal, and advertising funded programming teams, access to the 4Producers Network, and guidance from business development and slate development consultants.

The main award recipients this year are Acclaimed Content (Birmingham), Curly Media (Bristol), Enon Films (Sheffield), Frank Films (Bristol), Osprey Television (Shotton), Specky Productions (Glasgow), The Slate Works (Devon & Somerset), and Walk on Air Films (Belfast).

Discretionary awards have been granted to Blair Black (Belfast), Catman Media Ltd (Belfast), Lunar Lander (Sheffield), Rock Films (Birmingham), Rock Paper Productions (Newcastle Upon Tyne), and Schnoobert Productions (Newcastle Upon Tyne). These companies will have access to 4Producers’ networking events, development workshops, and funds for the development of program ideas. They will also benefit from regular access to Head of Indie Relations, Rebecca Thompson.

Channel 4’s Director of Commissioning Operations Emma Hardy said: “The Emerging Indie Fund has shown it can make a tangible difference to production companies and help them grow and secure commissions.

“Since its launch in 2020, more than 30 N&R based companies which have been invited to be part of the Emerging Indie Fund have gone on to secure commissions which shows the impact the fund can have on helping indies become more established.”

Rebecca Thompson, Channel 4’s Head of Indie Relations, said: “This is a difficult time for indies, particularly small indies based in the Nations and Regions, so we are delighted to be able to support these companies to make them more robust and also help them shape their ideas to put them in the best possible position to win commissions.”

Commissions secured by Emerging Fund Indies include “Rhod Gilbert: A Pain In The Neck” by Kailash, “Made In Dubai” by Angel Eye, the second season of “Living Wild” by Full Fat TV, and “Love My Face” (working title) by Flabbergast TV.

Launched in 2020, the Emerging Indie Fund is specifically designed to nurture up-and-coming indies, broaden their networks and relationships, and assist them in advancing to the next stage of their development. The fund’s primary focus is on supporting indies based in the Nations & Regions.

Channel 4 has also announced the recommissioning of Belfast-based Waddell Media for a third 8×60’ series of “Britain’s Most Expensive Houses.”