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Screen Scotland, BBC team up to support Scottish TV industry

Focused on creating a sustainable TV sector in Scotland

The BBC has announced a collaboration with Screen Scotland to boost the Scottish TV industry.

BBC director general Tony Hall and Creative Scotland’s acting chief executive Iain Munro signed a formal agreement outlining how the two organisations will work together over the next three years.

The collaboration is designed to build on existing support and training for the industry, with a view to establishing a long-term working partnership focused on creating a sustainable TV sector in Scotland.

This includes optimising value from funding packages from the Scottish Government, as well as additional investment in the newly launched BBC Scotland and the BBC’s commitment to invest at least eight percent of network TV spend in Scotland.

Lord Hall said: “As part of the BBC’s commitment to this new partnership, we have agreed to deliver, to network, each year, a minimum of three drama series from Scotland, three comedy titles and three high-impact factual series.

“This is the first stage in a long-term collaboration involving the BBC, Screen Scotland and potentially other relevant parties with the aim of backing ambitious projects reflecting Scottish culture which can be enjoyed by audiences in Scotland, across the UK and internationally.”

Munro added: “This is an incredibly important moment for screen in Scotland. We have a strong history of partnering on projects with BBC Scotland and this agreement sets out clearly how we will build on this.

“It makes clear our common goals and where we can jointly support the screen sector in Scotland to thrive; producing more high-quality content, developing emerging talent and celebrating our exciting culture.”