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Channel 4 Launches Strategic Development With Screen Scotland

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Channel 4 and Screen Scotland are launching a strategic development and pilot production initiative for Scotland-based indies.

Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment and Events at Channel 4, Steven Handley, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment, at Channel 4 and Dani Carlaw, Head of Unscripted, Screen Scotland will together host a briefing for interested indies to learn more about the initiative.

The initiative is looking to fund the development of new Entertainment ideas with the plan of launching a pilot during the Christmas period with a Scotland-based indie this year.

Over the last two years Channel 4 Entertainment has launched a series of pilots at Christmas, including One Night In Hamleys, The Greatest Snowman and Jon and Lucy’s Christmas Sleepover. These pilots have gone on to return either as a one-off annual treat like The Greatest Snowman or as a returning series that lives beyond the festive season such as One Night In.

Phil Harris, Channel 4’s Head of Entertainment and Events said: "The Entertainment team has made a concerted push to broaden our supplier base and on-screen content and our partnership with screen Scotland is the latest step in that process. I'm excited to see some fresh ideas and form more new indie relationships."

Steven Handley, Commissioning Editor for Entertainment said: "I'm thrilled to be working on this pilot initiative to deliver the next returnable entertainment hit for C4 from a Scotland based indie. I spent two years of my career in Glasgow and I can’t wait to work with the Indie sector on this opportunity."
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