BBC Three and BBC England have joined up to launch Northern Voices, the Factual Development Scheme for the North of England.
The scheme will focus on documentary from local companies in the North of England who want to tell “young, unique and regional stories that feel uplifting, playful and hopeful” to “enhance the quality and volume of production supply and to develop a talent pipeline from the region.”
The new partnership is inviting indies from the local area to submit ideas that reflect the life experiences of 16-24-year olds in the region with the promise of a commission at the end of the process.
A key requirement of the partnership is to attach a new documentary talent to the pitch in order to nurture and develop them throughout the production process.
Fiona Campbell, Controller, BBC Three says: “Working with and introducing new talent is something we’re hugely passionate about at BBC Three and we’re looking forward to collaborating with BBC England to unearth new ideas and new faces from the North of England.”
Aisling O’Connor, Head of TV Commissioning BBC England says: “I’m pleased to be working with BBC Three as part of our efforts to help nurture young talent in the North of England and give a platform to new stories and voices. We’re committed to better reflecting communities across the country. ”
Expressions of interest will be accepted from the 4th of May 2020 till the 5th of June 2020. The BBC Three and BBC England team will then begin a selection process, which will include paid development opportunities and a pitching session in front of BBC Three and BBC England commissioners.
The successful pitch will be selected to receive further funding to produce a broadcast quality documentary of the idea, to be featured on BBC iPlayer and BBC England.
The full commissioning brief, details on the partnership, how to apply, guidance on pitching, selection criteria and the timeline are available via the BBC Commissioning website