The Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF) has announced its first slate of production and development awards.


The Fund – managed by the BFI and backed with £57m of government funding – is co-funding a mix of nine series and specials, across six broadcasters: Channel 5, ITV, BBC ALBA, S4C, TG4 and Sky.


This initial slate embraces all techniques, genres and audiences, from factual entertainment for preschoolers to drama for teens. It is also contributing to the Fund’s 5% target for indigenous language content.


The slate includes: factual live action shows Meet the Experts (Channel 5’s Milkshake!) and How! (CITV), live action documentary Lachlan, Balach aig a’ Mhullach / Boy at the Top (BBC ALBA), plus FYI Specials (First News, Sky News, Sky Kids), alongside live action dramas Rùn / Secret (BBC ALBA), Person/A (S4C) and Y Gyfrinach/The Secret (S4C). Also funded are preschool mixed media drama Mimi’s World (Channel 5’s Milkshake!) and SOL (BBC ALBA, S4C and TG4), an animation tackling the topic of grief.


In addition, there are also15 Development Awards for a number of projects.


Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan said: “I am delighted with the positive impact of the Young Audiences Content Fund in its first six months. We need to continue to produce home-grown and original content that inspires our younger generation and is representative of the world they live in. 


“It’s fantastic to see the Fund is helping really creative and inspiring projects happen  and I encourage broadcasters to continue in their positive engagement with it.”


Jackie Edwards, Head of the Young Audiences Content Fund, said: “We have been thrilled by the quality of the applications, but it is the commitment and level of partnership from the Broadcasters that is helping ensure the positive impact of the Fund. By them seizing the opportunities the Fund offers, and opening up their schedules and their budgets, we are bringing brilliant new content to children and young people. I am truly excited by what we can achieve together, and having awarded almost £3.8m in the first months of the Fund, I am confident we can do so much more!”



Staff Reporter

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