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Indie lab names 2019 participants

Victoria Powell

Indielab, the organisation behind the accelerator programme for UK-based independent producers, has named the production companies that will take part in its 2019 scheme.

The fourth edition of the programme, launched by producer Victoria Powell in 2015, has taken in 16 more prodcos, selected by working closely with commissioners to identify firms that have demonstrated creative excellence and potential.
 
The selected participants are: Afro-Mic Productions, Air TV, Appeal TV, Chatterbox Media, Chalkboard TV, Curious Films, Loud Minds, Mam Tor Productions, Marble Films, Minnow Films, Proper Content, Red & Black Films, Rockerdale Studios, ScreenDog Productions, Tigerlily Productions and Yeti Media.
 
The accelerator programme is designed to help indies develop and achieve scale and strengthen the representation of the UK’s nations and regions within the indie sector.

This year, the BBC has increased its support to become a full sponsor of the programme. Channel 4 is also renewing its commitment to the initiative, investing specifically from its Growth Fund, Creative Diversity and Nations & Regions departments.
 
Since Indielab launched in 2015, the industry’s definition of diversity has broadened to include a more evenly distributed production network across the UK, as well as support for BAME- and female-led companies. Reflecting this, more than half of the indies selected to join the 2019 programme have their full-time headquarters outside of London and half are owned by BAME and/or female founders.

Powell, founder and CEO of Indielab, said: “In a TV landscape transforming at great speed, competitiveness, talent and resilience have never been more important for indies. It was to help sustain and nurture the UK’s indie community — wherever they are based, and whatever the gender or ethnicity of their founders — that Indielab Accelerator was launched.”  

The 2019 Indielab Accelerator is also being supported — as it has been since its inception — by the Mayor of London’s office through Film London, the UK capital’s screen industries agency. The BBC, Channel 4 and Film London join Indielab’s returning sponsors, selected for their range of services and ability to support creative businesses.

These include independent distributor Banijay Rights, Barclays, law firm Harbottle & Lewis, media investment specialist Ingenious, Sony Pictures Television and media accounting and tax consultants Ecovis Wingrave Yeats and Nyman Libson Paul.


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