Two UK companies awarded 2020 TV Programming grants

In the most recent results from the TV Programming scheme, two UK companies were awarded grants totalling €244,324 towards the production of their projects.

Manchester-based, history and art programming specialists Urban Canyons were selected for their project God's Soldiers - Siege of Malta and London based animation studio Magic Light Pictures were selected for their animation project Zog and The Flying Doctors. 

In total, 18 companies from 13 countries have been awarded funding in this round (call number EACEA/20/2019 deadline 28/11/2019) for their drama, creative documentary and animation projects, sharing a total of €6,114,490.

France has the highest number of successful applications with four projects selected. Finland, Belgium and the UK were next with two projects each.

There were three high-end co-produced TV drama series that each received a non-repayable grant of €1 million:

  • Etna, from Wildside (Italy) and The New Life Company (Italy)
  • Fury, from Monster Scripted (Norway) and X-Filme Creative Pool (Germany)
  • Around the World in 80 Days, from Federation Entertainment (France), BE-Films (Belgium) and Slim 80 Days (UK)

UK producers Slim Film + Television are involved in Around the World in 80 Days staring David Tennant. The series will air on France Télévisions, Germany’s ZDF and Italy’s RAI. Seven West Media are also backing the production and are broadcasting the drama in Australia. Federation Entertainment will handle distribution rights to the series, which will air on the BBC in the UK.

For the full set of results, visit the EACEA website.


Image: David Tennant is set to star in an epic 8 x 60' adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic, Around the World in 80 Days.