Twelve regional indies are to be given cash to hire new staff as part of a Channel 4-funded scheme, writes Glen Mutel.
Twelve regional indies are to be given cash to hire new staff as part of a Channel 4-funded scheme, writes Glen Mutel.

The Researcher Development Programme (RDP), designed and delivered by the Glasgow-based Research Centre for Television and Interactivity, enables the participating companies to employ a researcher on a fixed-term contract for a year to aid programme development.

The scheme, which is in its fifth year, aims to give researchers and the producers they work with unprecedented access to senior commissioning editors across all television networks.

Indies selected this year include: Flashback Television and Testimony Films (both Bristol), Mandrill Television (York), Steve Bolton Productions (Manchester), DoubleBand Films and Brian Waddell Productions (Belfast), The Comedy Unit, Angel Eye Scotland, Hopscotch Films and Blackwatch Productions (all Glasgow) and Green Bay Media and Boomerang (both Cardiff).

The 10 companies that participated during the programme in 2002-2003 generated over £6m in development and production funds from employees subsidised by the scheme.

Overall, 49 researchers have completed the scheme over the past four years. The programme has led to commissions such as Blackwatch's Boys with Breasts for C4.