Channel 4 is working with Northern Ireland Screen to help boost the nation’s broadcast sector and plus the production skills gap within the UK’s TV industry.
The two organisations have signed an initial two-year agreement that aims to undertake specific initiatives to support production capability in the nation; as well as building upon existing in initiatives to develop talent and address skills gaps.
Channel 4 will committed to increasing its training and development commitments in Northern Ireland. The broadcaster intends to appoint an industry training provider that can deliver specific workshops and training. It also plans to identify specific training needs in the nation and put in place training and skills provision to meet those needs.
Speaking about the partnership, Channel 4’s MD Nations and Regions Sinead Rocks said: “Northern Ireland has a rich history in film making and a wealth of creative talent and, 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.”
Northern Ireland Screen chief executive, Richard Williams added: “This marks another significant stage in the development of the Northern Ireland screen industry and underlines the importance of a joint approach to its future strategy. This partnership agreement is clear evidence of Channel 4 and Northern Ireland Screen’s commitment to invest financially and creatively as we continue to develop an internationally competitive screen industry here.”