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€2.8 million awarded to UK producers through Creative Europe

The results for the second deadline of the Single Project Development and TV Programming schemes have been announced.

Single Project Development

Four UK companies have been awarded a total of €230,000 to support the development of their projects in the second round of deadlines for the Single Project scheme. This brings the UK's total for 2014 to €794,295.pUK animation companies have benefited in particular from the introduction of automatic points for projects aimed at young audiences.

  • Bristol-based studio Aardman Animations will develop their original story Village Idiot – a feature length project intended for theatrical release.
  • The Good, The Bad and a Horse will be developed by Sheffield-based studio Red Star 3D. The project will aim to convert the existing short version of the film into a feature.
  • Blue Zoo Productions received support to develop their upcoming children's animated TV series Planets: The Greatest Show in the Universe.
  • The black comedy Step Thirteen from UK/Australian production company Optimism Film also received support through the scheme.

To see the full list of results click here.

TV Programming

In addition, eight UK companies have been awarded a total of €2.5 million to produce fiction, creative documentary and animation programmes through the TV Programming scheme.
Spotless Productions have become the second UK production company to be awarded the new €1 million grant. Their London-shot crime drama series Spotless is a co-production between Munich-based Tandem Communications and Rosetta Media in Toronto. Other TV drama series to be awarded this amount include series two of Channel 4’s French-language hit Les Revenants (The Returned) and series three of Scandinavian crime drama, The Bridge.The three UK documentary companies to be awarded grants are:

  • bAPT/Met Film Prodution with Sour Grapes - a heist thriller that explores the inside workings of the vintage wine market
  • Brook Lapping, who plan to delve into America in the Obama Years
  • Urban Canyons, who follow up their 2013 drama documentary, Samurai Headhunters, with Samurai Warrior Queens.

Four animation projects were also successful in this round:

  • Monster Paw Productions will produce children’s animation series Monster School
  • Orange Eyes are set to bring another of Julia Donaldson's children’s books to life with The Stick Man
  • Scottish-based company Red Kite Animation will produce the pre-school series Bradley and Bee which is set to air next year on Five’s Milkshake! channel
  • Aardman Animations will produce Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas - a half hour special due to première on BBC One at Christmas 2015

To see the full list of results click here.