Channel 4 has picked indies from Oxford, London, Birmingham, Newcastle and Hastings for the second year of its Indie Accelerator programme.
The six selected - Miran Media, Ratchet, Acclaimed Content, Project Must Entertainment, Daddy’s SuperYacht Productions and Ten66 Television - will receive leadership training from industry coach Remy Blumenfield and each will be mentored by a C4 commissioning editor.
Run by C4 and The TV Collective, the programme is designed to boost indies whose main shareholders, decision-makers or creative leaders are from a Black, Asian and ethnic minority background.
The indies were selected from 60 submissions and span a range of genres and audiences:
Oxford-based Miran was founded by international correspondents Navdip Dhariwal and Dan McDougall and specialises in investigative documentaries. It has made Panorama films Trapped: The Chile Miners Story and More Than Just a Game and Guardian Films documentary Open Water: Greenlanders on the Climate Crisis and is working on its first drama in collaboration with Dancing Ledge Productions, the indie behind BBC1’s The Responder.
Ratchet, based in London, has made promos and sizzles for Fremantle and BBC World Service and also specialises in compositing, VFX and animation.
Birmingham’s Acclaimed Content makes youth-targeted content for TV, digital and audio, including BBC3 doc Queen of Trucks.
London indie Project Must Entertainment is run by film-maker Jason Osborne, who was recently picked as an inaugural BAFTA Connect member and whose barbershop doc Love Languages was funded by the Netflix Documentary Talent Fund.
Daddy’s SuperYacht Productions is a comedy-focussed indie with offices in London and Newcastle and recently made BBC Sounds podcast An Idiot’s Guide to Cryptocurrency, presented by comedian Sunil Patel.
Hastings-based Ten66 is run by Rukhsana Mosam and has produced BBC3 dating show Love in the Flesh [main picture], All 4 short-form documentary series The Black Lesbian Handbook and Channel 5 property formats Nick Knowles’ Better Homes and How to Add 20K to Your Home.
The previous cohort comprised Afro-Mic, Cardiff Productions, Douglas Rod, Milk First, Ranga Bee, Uplands TV and Renaissance Studios.