Companies in the Fund

Discover more about the companies in Channel 4's Indie Growth Fund.

Big Deal Films ---

Big Deal Films ---

Big Deal Films is a BAFTA and Broadcast nominated indie from London, that produces factual and scripted content for leading broadcasters. Founded by Dhanny Joshi and Thomas Stogdon in 2014, Big Deal Films’ mission is to create acclaimed propositions with a mainstream focus and to champion diverse stories. Recent factual productions have seen Big Deal exploring the history of toys for Channel 5, celebrating the work of Black comedians for ITV and telling the stories of young people who have been scammed for the BBC. In the scripted space, having delivered multiple short form series for BBC3 and Sky, Big Deal have recently produced the first longform Black comedy drama, Dreaming Whilst Black for BBC3. An animated adaptation of award-winning Penguin Random House book, Little Badman and a film partnership with a leading film studio make up the rest of Big Deal’s multi genre slate. Big Deal Films have a first look/ distribution deal with BBC Studios. Close Profile for Big Deal Films

Duck Soup ---

Duck Soup ---

Duck Soup was founded by Bekki Wray-Rogers, Libby Durdy and Jessica Holyland with an ambition to make fresh, authentic and entertaining TV dramas and feature films, championing the voices of underrepresented talent with unique and resonant stories to tell. Duck Soup is currently working on a slate of TV drama series and feature film developments with an eclectic and diverse range of talented humans. Prior to founding Duck Soup, Bekki, Libby and Jessica worked on some of the UK’s best television dramas including the multi-BAFTA winning This Is England and the International EMMY award winning Utopia series. Close Profile for Duck Soup

Eagle Eye Drama ---

Eagle Eye Drama ---

Walter Iuzzolino, Jo McGrath and Jason Thorp, the three founders and creative team behind the successful global drama brand Walter Presents, launched their new drama venture in November 2019 called Eagle Eye Drama. The new company will focus on producing English language drama series inspired by hit foreign language shows they have discovered and championed on Walter Presents channels around the world. Close Profile for Eagle Eye Drama

Firecrest Films ---

Firecrest Films ---

Firecrest Films is an award-winning factual TV production company based in Glasgow, with a reputation for high quality, high profile documentaries, features, formats and current affairs. Firecrest make singles and series for major broadcasters, including the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5. Its output includes consumer series Supershoppers for Channel 4 and groundbreaking BBC2 documentary, Inside The Murder Trial. In March 2018, Firecrest Films was named the fastest-growing independent TV company outside London by Broadcast magazine. In January 2019, Broadcast named Firecrest as one of the Best Places to Work in TV. This year, it made the highest-rating Panorama film for BBC1 and the highest-rating Dispatches film for Channel 4. Its BBC series Murder Case has had more than six million views. Firecrest Films has won more awards than any other Scottish indie. Close Profile for Firecrest Films

Five Mile Films ---

Five Mile Films ---

Five Mile Films is a Bristol-based independent television company committed to making popular, high quality, innovative television with the best programme makers from all over Britain. It specialises in three areas of programming: innovative cross genre projects often mixing drama with documentary; popular factual multi-part series; and authored and observational factual output. Close Profile for Five Mile Films

Paper Entertainment ---

Paper Entertainment ---

Paper Entertainment is a new London-based TV production company created in June 2020 by leading industry executive Julien Leroux. Paper Entertainment is one of the three production companies behind Apple TV's first international hit series Tehran. After 15 years working on many international series (Happily Married, Coroner, The Minister, Mirage, An Ordinary Woman, Engrenages, Witnesses, Osmosis, Ouro, Beyond The Walls, etc.), Julien Leroux launched Paper Entertainment to focus on developing, financing and producing TV content in partnership with talent and producers around the world. Close Profile for Paper Entertainment

Parable ---

Parable ---

Parable is a production studio and agency working across factual television, brand storytelling and immersive content. Founded in March 2017 by David Wise and Nicholas Minter-Green, with backing from Channel 4’s Indie Growth Fund and The Economist, the company has won multiple awards for it virtual reality output, including Grenfell: Our Home for Channel 4 and Inside Childline for the NSPCC and has produced television documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and new specialist football SVOD platform, OTRO. In brands, the company has worked with Barclaycard, 02, SAP and Red Bull. Close Profile for Parable
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Proper Content ---

Proper Content ---

Proper Content is an award-winning production company producing high quality, distinctive and talked-about factual entertainment and documentary programming. Headed by David DeHaney, a highly respected filmmaker who has made ground-breaking documentaries around the globe. Proper has already gained a reputation for 'innovative television' for its series 'The School That Tried to End Racism', heralded as a 'must watch television landmark'. The company recently won the 2020 Grierson for best Single Documentary for 'Suicidal: In Our Own Words' for Channel 5. Close Profile for Proper Content

Salamanda Media ---

Salamanda Media ---

Set up in May 2020, Manchester-based Salamanda Media is run by award winning Executive Producer Sally Evans and acclaimed Series Producer and former BBC Studios Development Executive Amanda De Freitas. Between them, they have more than 30 years’ experience in the industry and a proven track record in developing and delivering high calibre shows for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. The company specialises in factual entertainment, talent-led factual and formats. Close Profile for Salamanda Media

Spelthorne Community TV ---

Spelthorne Community TV ---

Spelthorne Community TV is owned by Andrew Newman and Sacha Baron Cohen, who have been responsible for some of the most critically lauded comedy of the last 20 years. Between them, they have been responsible for a string of BAFTA and Emmy-winning comedy and entertainment series, as well as Golden Globe winning movies. Close Profile for Spelthorne Community TV

Spirit Studios ---

Spirit Studios ---

Spirit's mission is to create ‘content with spirit’ that impacts audiences through entertainment and storytelling, in order to drive change for the better. Its ethos is ‘Funny and Feeling’, which informs its creative thinking. This ensures the company produces content that not only is highly entertaining, but also drives its mission. Spirit does it through its award-winning studios that produce: original TV and digital content, branded content, podcasts and social media campaigns. Its in-house audience development team also builds and operates its own digital brands and channels, as well as running its multi-award winning global mental health movement #IAMWHOLE. Close Profile for Spirit Studios

Two Rivers Media ---

Two Rivers Media ---

Two Rivers Media is a new independent production company. Its aim is simple: to create compelling content in factual, factual entertainment, entertainment and scripted. Led by some of the best talent in the UK TV industry, it is one of the most ambitious new indies to launch onto the market in recent years. Two Rivers Media is proud to serve the Scottish, UK and international markets from its base in Glasgow. Close Profile for Two Rivers Media

Uplands Television ---

Uplands Television ---

Uplands Television was founded by Mike Smith and David Olusoga in 2017 and built its reputation on bringing history to life for today’s audiences. Its productions include The Unremembered – Britain’s Forgotten War Heroes; One Thousand Years of Slavery; The Unwanted; and The Battle for Britain’s Heroes and Forgotten Empire. Uplands is co-sited in Bristol and London. Close Profile for Uplands Television

Voltage TV ---

Voltage TV ---

Voltage TV produces ground-breaking original television for major broadcasters, through high-quality entertainment across a wide range of genres. The company works with the best creative talent to achieve high-end production values. Close Profile for Voltage TV

Yeti Media ---

Yeti Media ---

Yeti is a multi-award-winning factual TV production company based in Cardiff. The company makes must-watch content at both ends of the television scale: from landmark specialist factual films through to high-volume returning series and formats. Yeti specialises in daytime, arts and history, formats, features and documentaries. In the last few years, its programmes have won two RTS Awards, a Celtic Media Award, a BAFTA, International Broadcast Award and it has been nominated for a Grierson. The company is proud to be rooted in Wales but passionate about content that resonates across the UK and beyond. Close Profile for Yeti Media