FOCUS ON: Screen
A monthly newsletter from Film City Futures, created to keep you in touch with news and developments in Scotland's film and television industries.
We revealed our new consultants for Stage 1 of FOCUS and Film City Glasgow declared their backing of Glasgow's bid for a Channel 4 HQ. Creative Scotland introduced targeted funding, the new BBC Scotland channel was given a provisional go-ahead, GMAC announced Beth Armstrong as their new director and both the BBC and Channel 5 pledged to work closely with the Nations and Regions.
In April we announced our next event - FOCUS ON: Digital. Film City Glasgow's Tiernan Kelly joined the CTEER Committee in the Scottish Parliament to discuss infrastructure for Scotland’s film & TV industry and the Pentland Studios. Our application portal closed, NFTS Scotland opened their Glasgow hub, STV hired their first head of factual development and Glasgow announced their pitch to become the new Channel 4 hub.
In March the Director of Film City, Tiernan Kelly, was announced as a Member of the Creative Industries Federation Council 2018. Robert Wilson was appointed as Chair to the Creative Scotland board, barry crerar were selected for the prestigious Torino SciptLab Projects 2018, Jo Street was hired as Commissioner for Popular Factual and Formats at BBC Scotland and a variety of Scottish festivals reveal their programmes.
In our first issue of FOCUS ON: Screen we published the details of our Stage 2 consultants available to FOCUS participants. The FOCUS application deadline was also announced as the 29th March 2018. Natalie Usher stepped down from her position as Director of Screen at Creative Scotland, Glasgow Film Festival announced their full programme and BBC Scotland revealed their second multi-platform commissioning brief.