Channel 4 has re-teamed with The TV Collective to nurture small and ethically diverse-led indies with the second iteration of its Indie Accelerator scheme.
The initiative pairs small indies with a commissioning editor and offers one-to-one executive coaching as well as group coaching with veteran TV executive Remy Blumenfeld.
To qualify, indies must be in the unscripted space and have an annual turnover of less than £5m and at least 25% of shareholders from an ethnically diverse background. Crucially, they must have not had a C4 linear commission in the past five years.
In its launch year in 2020, the Indie Accelerator gave a leg-up to 10 indies, leading to C4 commissions for Uplands TV (Museum of Us), Milk First (Yorkshire Cop: Police, Racism and Me - main picture), Afro Mic (Dream Life for the Same Price), and RangaBee (Jon & Lucy’s Christmas Sleepover).
The second phase ties in with C4’s ‘Manifesto 4 Change’, which aims to drive diversity and inclusion on- and off-screen in the wake of last year’s ‘Black to Front’ project.