This is a staged development and production fund, hosted by the Daytime and Features team at Channel 4 and managed by D&F Commissioning Editor Deborah Dunnett and Commissioning Executive Jane Handa, and Specialist Factual Assistant Editor Naomi Rose, who will be on hand to meet indies and answer questions about the opportunity at an event in Belfast on 22nd June.
It is open to production companies with a substantive base in Northern Ireland with ideas suitable for More4. Five programme ideas will be selected for initial development and awarded £2k each to help the indie work up a pitch deck. From these ideas, it is expected that two ideas will be awarded further development of £10k each to fund enhanced development, including a full taster tape and budget. Although a series commission is not guaranteed, development funding will be focused on finding a potential high volume returnable series, and guidance will be given to indies to maximise the potential for commission.
More4 Northern Ireland brief:
Initially, our ambition is to commission one 4-part series with a maximum budget of £80k per episode. We are looking for ideas for low cost scalable / repeatable series. This is the space in which we don’t get pitched anywhere near enough original ideas. What are the populist / low risk territories for that heartland ABC1 audience that can repeat anywhere – uncomplicated, and with potential to become fixtures of More4?
What works well on More4:
We’re gravitating towards soft docs series that let the audience become ‘armchair experts’ – with series that feel like ‘intelligent comfort viewing’.
We like national treasures curating engaging topics that they genuinely care about, or new faces engaged in authentic & escapist endeavours.
Shows need to deliver on the promise of looking visually beautiful & have clever & innovative production models to deliver the quality and ambition we’re after.
And EVERYTHING that we commission for More4 must be repeatable on C4.
How to pitch:
The fund will launch with a briefing event on 22nd June 2022. Indies should read the More4 brief above and pitch suitable ideas directly to D&Fideas@channel4.co.uk with More4 Northern Ireland, followed by the name of the programme idea, in the subject line. The deadline for ideas is 12th August, and we intend to respond to all proposals within one week.