BELFAST, Northern Ireland (November 16, 2023) Disney+ UK and Northern Ireland Screen has today announced at Belfast Media Festival, a collaboration to help support and grow the production sector in Northern Ireland.
Local independent production companies are invited to pitch in a bid to receive a development fund awarded by Disney+ UK and Northern Ireland Screen.
· Single film
· Northern Irish, Irish or British subject matter
The development fund will be awarded to up to five successful Northern Ireland based indies. The recipients will also receive one-on-one creative sessions with Sean Doyle, Director, Unscripted, Disney+ EMEA, for a period of development up to 12 months.
Doyle said: “This is an exciting opportunity, not only for the globally recognised creative talent coming out of Northern Ireland, but also for Disney+ to continue developing bold, local stories across unscripted with outstanding creators and producers in local markets.”
The aim of the collaboration between Disney+ UK and Northern Ireland Screen are to create more opportunities for NI talent – both established and emerging – to advance their careers in the television sectors and to build strong relationships between the Disney+ EMEA commissioning team and the television production sector in Northern Ireland.
This collaboration is part of the commitment from Disney+ to source, develop and produce local original productions in Europe. UK Original productions available to stream on the service include: “Coleen Rooney: The Real Wagatha Story”, “Brawn: The Impossible Formula 1 Story”, “Finding Michael”, “Save Our Squad with David Beckham”, “Culprits”, “The Full Monty” and “Extraordinary”.
Richard Williams, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Screen added; “We are delighted to launch this exciting new collaboration with Disney+. Funds like this are vital to the development of our screen industry. Northern Ireland boasts an abundance of creative talent, and this initiative not only aims to strengthen the bonds between Northern Ireland indies and Disney+ commissioners but also promises to yield some brilliant new content. Ultimately, it’s the viewers across the UK who will reap the benefits.”
More information on how to submit pitches will be published on the Northern Ireland Screen website along with Terms & Conditions and the submission deadline on December 1.
The development strand of the Screen Fund is open to independent production companies based in NI who are able to demonstrate a track record in output and that are working with Northern Ireland resident creative talent (e.g. writer, director, producer). All applicant companies must be legally incorporated. Local authorities, educational establishments and community groups are not eligible to apply.
Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic, along with The Simpsons and much more. In select international markets, it also includes the general entertainment content brand, Star. The flagship direct-to-consumer streaming service from Disney, Disney+ offers an ever-growing collection of exclusive originals, including feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series, and short-form content. With unprecedented access to Disney’s long history of incredible film and television entertainment, Disney+ is also the exclusive streaming home for the newest releases from The Walt Disney Studios. For more, visit disneyplus.com, or find the Disney+ app on most mobile and connected TV devices.
ABOUT NORTHERN IRELAND SCREEN
Northern Ireland Screen is the national screen agency for Northern Ireland. It is committed to promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion in all its activities and projects. The organization supports the development of a dynamic and sustainable screen industry and provides opportunities for all communities to engage with and benefit from screen culture. For more information, please visit northernirelandscreen.co.uk.
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