Scottish creative talent blazing a trail with new TV content

Today, we are delighted to announce that Glasgow’s rising Digital Entertainment Company, Blazing Griffin will use new funding to expand their work in TV production. On the back of last year’s major hit musical/zombie movie, Anna and the Apocalypse, and with new support through Screen Scotland’s Broadcast Content Fund, the growing company are now developing a variety of new drama concepts specifically for TV audiences.

The announcement was made by Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, as she made a visit to Blazing Griffin’s offices, during which Group Managing Director, Naysun Alae-Carew, Producer, Nic Crum, Associate Producer, Lauren Lamarr, Production Co-ordinator, Courtney Webb and Head of Production, Steven Little spoke to Ms Hyslop about their upcoming projects.

Naysun Alae-Carew, Group Managing Director at Blazing Griffin said,

“It’s great to bring on board our new head of TV, Lizzie Gray as we move into the development of a varied slate of exciting new TV projects. We’re collaborating with emerging and established Scottish creative talent, and will be pitching to UK and US broadcasters to bring more, great Scottish content to our screens.”

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs said,

“Blazing Griffin is just one example of the rich creative talent coming to the fore in Scotland. By providing targeted financial backing through the Broadcast Content Fund, Screen Scotland is nurturing that talent to bring more quality productions to our screens.

“I am excited to see what Scotland’s growing screen sector can do next, with the support of this fund, to showcase our diverse culture.”

"Collaborating with emerging and established Scottish creative talent"

“It’s great to bring on board our new head of TV, Lizzie Gray as we move into the development of a varied slate of exciting new TV projects. We’re collaborating with emerging and established Scottish creative talent including and will be pitching to UK and US broadcasters to bring more, great Scottish content to our screens.”

Naysun Alae-Carew
Group Managing Director at Blazing Griffin

Caledonia TV, STV Productions, and Firecrest Films are also developing new drama, entertainment and factual content with support through the Broadcast Content Fund.

Caledonia TV (Army Girls, Shooting Franz Ferdinand, Teens on Trial) will use a £91,000 funding award to support the development of several different factual programmes. Managing Director, Seona Robertson explained,

“Our new development slate will ramp up our programming strengths in specialist factual, documentary and arts, and build on our experience in children’s programming and high volume popular factual. Our 20-year experience of co-production will aid our expansion into new funding streams, territories and production partners.”

Factual specialists Firecrest Films (Supershoppers, Inside Facebook: Secrets to the Social Network, The Shopping Centre: Artists in Residence) will use their £80,000 funding to develop returning series formats.

Kelly Macdonald stands looking concerned in The Cry

STV Productions (Antiques Road Trip, Catchphrase, Taggart), who recently produced The Victim, starring Kelly Macdonald and John Hannah for BBC One, will use slate funding of £100,000 to develop new drama series ideas. They will work with their co-development and co-production partner Tod Productions on this development slate.

Creative Director, Sarah Brown, said,

“This funding will help hugely towards the growth of the Scottish drama sector with a view to getting more top-class dramas made out of Scotland.”

Elaine Collins, MD, Tod Productions, said,

“I am excited by the opportunities this award will bring to grow our talent base and expand our development slate so as to secure more Scottish drama commissions.”

Isabel Davis, Executive Director at Screen Scotland said,

“We have already seen some of the previous Broadcast Content Fund recipients commence production on new TV content in Scotland and the range of work included on the slates of the recipients announced today is testament to the ambition and talent currently thriving in Scotland’s television sector.

“The variety of work these funding awards will help support across genres including drama and factual is inspiring and will continue to increase Scotland’s representation on networks both national and internationally, showcasing Scotland as a great place to make TV.”

Notes to Editors

The Broadcast Content Fund is a rolling £3million fund, accepting applications for all genres of broadcast content including factual and scripted programming.  The Fund is central to Screen Scotland’s plan to increase the number and diversity of film and television productions from Scotland and build sustainability in the sector. Funding guidance and application forms are available here: https://www.screen.scot/funding-and-support/screen-scotland-funding/broadcast-content-fund. The total funding awarded in this funding round is £371,182.

Blazing Griffin

Founded in 2011 as a game development studio, the company has grown from a team of three to a group of companies spanning game development, film production and end-to-end post-production with around 40 staff based in Glasgow.  Together, all three companies are working across the same projects from different angles, as well as projects and clients unique to each. As the company continues to expand, the focus on cross platform storytelling and technology will only grow and improve.

Caledonia TV

Caledonia TV Ltd. make quality factual productions for UK and international broadcasters in a wide range of genres for television and multi-media platforms. Caledonia TV produce documentaries, factual entertainment, history, science, current affairs, arts, education and children's programmes.

Firecrest Films

Govan-based Firecrest Films make high profile documentaries, series and features for major broadcasters, including the BBC and Channel 4. Their films have had a significant impact — winning multiple awards, record ratings and dominating the news agenda.  In January 2017 Channel 4 acquired a minority stake in Firecrest through its prestigious Growth Fund, enabling them to expand their creative team and diversify. In March 2018 Broadcast magazine ranked Firecrest Films as the fastest growing independent TV company outside London. And in January 2019 Broadcast named Firecrest as one of the Best Places to Work in TV.

STV Productions

STV Productions produces drama, entertainment and factual content, with commissions from a wide range of broadcasters including ratings winner Antiques Road Trip (BBC), Catchphrase (ITV), Fire in the Night, an award-winning feature documentary to mark the, and critically-acclaimed four-part thriller The Victim recently transmitting on BBC One.

STV Productions works with a number of leading international sales agents that distribute its programmes and formats outside the UK. The company’s partnership with Sky Vision covers international distribution of STV Productions' unscripted catalogue as well as a global distribution deal for BBC drama, The Victim.