Companies Announced For Fully-Funded Business Support from FOCUS and MG ALBA

We are thrilled to announce the five companies that have been selected to receive business development support through a unique partnership between FOCUS and MG ALBA.

The MacTV team pictured in Stornoway

The MacTV team pictured in Stornoway

The FOCUS MG ALBA partnership was launched in July as an opportunity for producers of Gaelic content to access business support from FOCUS.

Following a competitive process, the five companies selected to take part are Bees Nees Media, Caledonia TV Productions, Corcadal Productions, MacTV and Mast-Ard Studio.

A total of £10k has been allocated to provide fully-funded access to specialist commercial affairs support and mentoring. This will mean an opportunity for the companies to review their company’s contracts or intellectual property, and may involve setting up effective processes and workflows.

In recent years, MG ALBA has negotiated new content for BBC ALBA through innovative international deals led by its suppliers. A series of agreements created £5.2m worth of high-quality programmes for Scotland’s Gaelic-language television channel.

Broadcast consultancy collective The Televators, run by Kirstie McLure and Nikki Tilley, have been contracted to deliver business affairs support to the participating companies. The Televators will now start work with the five companies to help them take advantage of the evolving opportunities for content creators in an ever-changing market. The result may mean growing international networks and the possibilities of further business in other territories, as well as the domestic market.

Iseabail Mactaggart, MG ALBA’s Director of Strategy and Partnership, said:

“Working closely with our suppliers and FOCUS means that we can further strengthen the internationalisation of the BBC ALBA supply sector. This strategy gives BBC ALBA access to great content but also enables our suppliers to build networks in other other markets that could benefit our sector economically. These co-production and co-finance agreements are crucial for stimulating growth and expanding our creative horizons.”

Rebecca Thompson, Business Development Manager, FOCUS, said:

“Since FOCUS was established in 2017 we’ve worked closely with a range of companies operating within Scotland’s screen sector and seen first hand the impact that this kind of support can have. We’re thrilled to now be connecting this group of highly ambitious companies with the expertise they need to maximise international partnerships and growth.”

Jennifer Armitage, from Screen Scotland said:

“This is an excellent opportunity from FOCUS and MG ALBA to strengthen production companies working in Gaelic. The Televators will work with these five companies to identify areas for business growth and to develop their upcoming projects. This dedicated support for producers working in a minority language will help to showcase Scotland’s diversity to audiences both at home and internationally.”

Susan McColl, who leads on Screen at Scottish Enterprise said:

“It is great to see the FOCUS project extending its reach so that more companies can benefit from the excellent sector specific business support available.  The new partnership with MG ALBA will enable the five companies announced today to work with The Televators to compete in the new content landscape and achieve success at home and internationally too. In addition this will support the Scottish media landscape and enhance Gaelic-language productions in turn supporting our heritage as well as the industry’s growth.”

Donald Macdonald, Operations Manager, MacTV, said:

“The team at MacTV are delighted to be involved and very much welcome the opportunity provided by the FOCUS initiative to work with experienced industry specialists – we look forward to its collaborative nature supporting our business development strategy and our sustainability and growth aspirations.”

Christine Morrison, Producer, Corcadal Productions, said:

“This is an invaluable opportunity for me, as a small business, to benefit from mentoring and advice from industry experts and I’m delighted to have been selected to take part.   Already I’ve been inspired and we have set targets with the aim of helping me to achieve growth for my business”.