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BBC Three and BBC NI expand youth brief for indies

BBC Three and BBC Northern Ireland have expanded their youth content development scheme with the launch of a new brief for independent production companies based in Northern Ireland.

The partnership with Northern Ireland Screen invites local companies to submit format ideas as part of a youth content development scheme with the promise of a factual entertainment series commission.

It is the second opportunity for Northern Ireland indies to pitch following the launch of the scheme last year which is focused on enhancing the quality and volume of production supply and developing a talent pipeline from the sector to Northern Ireland and BBC Three. Two pilots have been commissioned from the first round which include a format that focusses on young farmer’s passions for tractors submitted by Londonderry based Alleycats, and an intergenerational cooking show from Rare TV. One of these pilots will be chosen for a series commission.

For this round of the scheme, once again, BBC Three is looking for feel-good ideas and innovative formats aimed at 16-24 year olds that celebrate and unite young people, can entertain the whole of the UK and will add value to the channel portfolio.

Expressions of interest will be accepted until 26th June 2020. The BBC Three and BBC NI team will then shortlist up to eight Indies to share further details of their ideas via BBC Pitch, prior to entering into a period of paid development and project scoping.

Full details, guidance on pitching, selection criteria and the timeline are available via the BBC Commissioning website here.