S4C has joined ScreenSkills’ Unscripted Fund.

S4C is the latest broadcaster/streamer to sign up to the fund, joining the BBC, Channel 4, Sky, A+E Network UK, Discovery UK, Channel 5, Netflix, Amazon, ITV, UKTV. The genres supported through the fund are specialist factual, general factual, factual entertainment, sport, entertainment, current affairs, arts and classical music, religion and ethics and education.

“I am really delighted that S4C, the Welsh public service broadcaster is joining the fund,” commented Sarah Joyce, Head of Unscripted and Children’s TV for ScreenSkills. “Since its creation, the fund has been committed to developing a skilled production workforce across the whole of the UK and we look forward to working with our colleagues at S4C to make a real and sustainable impact behind the camera in productions across the whole of Wales.”

“We’re delighted to bring Welsh-language programming to the Unscripted TV Fund,” added Iwan England, S4C’s Head of Unscripted. “Talent development in Wales is a crucial part of S4C’s work and, by joining the Fund’s steering group, Welsh voices and the sector in Wales will be represented as the Fund’s work priorities are set.”

The Unscripted TV Fund was created in 2021 with a commitment to investing in training outside London. A minimum of 50% of the fund is invested to support training beneficiaries based in the nations and regions, rising to 100% in specific shortage areas. A minimum of 50% of the spend on training is awarded to out of London trainers, and this network has grown over the last two years. At least half of the membership of the fund’s council and working groups come from outside London representing all nations and regions, as well as the various genres supported by the fund. Additionally, a minimum of 50% of its beneficiaries have to meet at least one industry-recognised diversity and inclusion aim.

Jon Creamer

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