Following the success of Derry Girls, Channel 4 has announced a new partnership with Northern Ireland Screen to create the next local hit.
In a bid to build upon the thriving production sector in Northern Ireland, Channel 4 has announced a new partnership with NI Screen to create the ‘next Derry Girls’.
The region has enjoyed huge success in both the local and international film industry in recent years. Thus, it is hoped this new partnership will help bring this success to the next level.
This news certainly softens the blow that Derry Girls has officially come to an end. So, we can’t wait to see what the creative minds at NI Screen and Channel 4 come up with next.
An exciting new venture – building upon a thriving industry
News officially broke yesterday of plans for a new partnership between Channel 4 and NI Screen to create the ‘next Derry Girls’.
Northern Ireland released a statement on their website about the partnership. They wrote, “Channel 4 and Northern Ireland Screen have joined forces to help boost the nation’s broadcast sector.
“An initial two-year partnership will see the organisations working closely together to support and grow the production sector in Northern Ireland.”
The highlighted various initiatives that Channel 4 will undertake to bolster these efforts. One such initiative is More4 Northern Ireland. This is a scheme designed to lead to a new returnable commission for a Northern Ireland-based indie.
Channel 4 partners with NI Screen to create next Derry Girls ‒ great news for the local production industry
The initial two-year partnership will bring a huge amount of support for local filmmakers in Northern Ireland. Channel 4 will help the growth of independent production and talent development throughout the region.
Sinead Rocks is Managing Director Nations and Regions at Channel 4. She said, “Northern Ireland has a rich history in film making and a wealth of creative talent.”
She continued, “Working with Northern Ireland Screen, I want Channel 4 to be the catalyst that harnesses the next generation of talent and supercharges the nation’s broadcast industry.”
Where to find out more – budding filmmakers, listen up
Do you want to be part of this exciting partnership between Channel 4 and NI Screen to create the next Derry Girls? If so, there are plenty of ways to get involved.
The partnership hopes to forge stronger relationships between Channel 4 and the broadcast sector in Northern Ireland. This will begin with an Open Day next Wednesday, 22 June.
This Open Day will give those involved in TV production and content creation in Northern Ireland the chance to hear more about Channel 4’s plans to work with the sector.
From 10 am to 1 pm, they are hosting a series of practical talks and workshop sessions via Zoom. Then, an in-person programme will take place in the afternoon at the Clayton Hotel in Belfast city centre. This will focus on Channel 4 commissioning opportunities and priorities.
Maybe you want to kickstart your career or get that big break. No matter what, these workshops are sure to be a great place to start. So, if you’d like to get involved, you can register your interest for the various events here.