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Creative England relaunches £2.5m West Midlands Production Fund

Creative England has relaunched their regional investment fund for TV series and feature films produced in the West Midlands.

The West Midlands Production Fund (WMPF), which is worth £2.5m, is designed to support the development of the region as a sustainable TV and film drama hub by providing access to finance for established production companies and start-ups working in production.

The fund can be used to serve a number of functions, including to provide match equity in productions already up and running or as gap funding to finance debt. Productions can apply for between £100,000 and £1m.

Solomon Nwabueze, Creative England’s Chief Content Officer who oversees the WMPF said that the fund will have a “focus on high-end television in particular.” He told C21 Media that “Focusing just on features, especially in this climate, is a bit dysfunctional when you look at the market as a whole and you see what’s happening. It makes sense we are supporting the talent where the talent is going.”

The fund was originally set up with an investment of £4m from the UK government and has been used to help finance a range of projects including feature films Jawbone, The Girl With All The Gifts and Spooks: The Greater Good.

Production companies interested in finding out more about the fund and how to apply should contact Creative England.