Two UK companies awarded TV Programming grants

In the second round of results from the TV Programming scheme (EACEA/25/2018), two UK companies have been awarded grants totalling €287,450. 

The two projects selected were:

In total 20 companies from 11 countries were selected for funding from the 59 applications submitted. 

75% of the selected projects are intended to be co-productions at a European level, demonstrating the importance placed on co-production in the award criteria. Emphasis is also placed on how the grant is split between the co-production partners with points available for projects that splits the grants in favour of either the minority producers or the producers from lower production capacity countries.

Two TV drama projects each received the maximum grant of €1million. They are:

  • The Invesigation from Danish company Miso Film; a crime series set to be helmed by A War's Tobias Lindholm based on the probe into the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall
  • We Children from Bahnhof Zoo from Germany company Constantin; a high-end series inspired by the 1978 non-fiction book about teenage drug users in Berlin

The share of the budget allocated towards fiction projects has increased compared to previous rounds. owing to a greater amount of requests for the maximum grant amount and reflective of greater interest in high-end TV. 

The second series of My Brilliant Friend also received €500,000 in this round of funding towards it's adaptation of the second book in Elena Ferrante's trilogy: The Story of a New Name. Series one of the project was funded under a previous round. 

For the full set of results, visit the EACEA website

Image credit: HBO. Series 2 of My Brilliant Friend is expected to air in 2020.