Sky Documentaries Initiative

Screen Scotland and Sky are working on a strategic development initiative to broaden Sky’s supplier base in Scotland for documentary series and films.

Screen Scotland and Sky are working on a strategic development initiative to broaden Sky’s supplier base in Scotland for documentary series and films. Sky Documentaries and Screen Scotland, with support from The National Lottery, will contribute £50,000 each towards the joint initiative to increase Scottish content on the network.

Sky is seeking proposals for narrative-led feature documentaries and limited series which tell a compelling story with a strong creative vision. These can include ideas covering a vast range of subjects – crime, scandal, politics, biography, sport, definitive takes on newsworthy events, stranger-than-fiction stories – but not limited to these. Proposals are not currently sought for current affairs, presenter-led or constructed documentaries. Diversity is strongly encouraged as part of any proposal, both in front and behind the camera.

Submissions are open until 6pm on Monday 21 December 2020, with shortlisting to follow in January. A minimum of six Scottish production companies will be invited to pitch development ideas to Sky Commissioning Executives with a minimum of four of these companies progressing to a period of paid development. Final funding award amounts will be project dependent.

If your company is interested in submitting ideas, please prepare a proposal outlining the idea and editorial ambition for the project, including any access gained and any key creative talent attached. Proposals should be PDF format, up to a maximum of 2000 words. Tape is optional but not necessary at this time. Please limit submissions to 2 per company.

Please send your submissions by email to ScotlandSubmissions@Sky.uk. The deadline is 6pm on Monday 21 December 2020.

Creative Zoom Q&A

Glasgow-based training provider TRC will host a Creative Zoom with Sky’s Director of Documentaries & Factual, Poppy Dixon, and Screen Scotland’s Head of Unscripted, Dani Carlaw, to discuss the new initiative and answer questions directly from Scottish indies. The event will take place online on Friday 27 November at 12pm.

Companies can register their interest in attending here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/L5XC7CS