Rondo Media, Green Bay and Indus are the first production companies to receive funding from the Talent Attraction Scheme.
The scheme provides financial support Welsh production companies to recruit senior production talent for three years and to boost their chances of network commissions.
The BBC, ITV and Channel 4 have pledged to provide the indies with access to their relevant commissioning teams.
“It provides a long term Welsh solution for building capability and structures to develop a highly skilled workforce to service major productions,” said Skillset chief executive Dinah Caine.
“We know that Wales is capable of producing world-class productions through shows like Doctor Who and Torchwood. This scheme provides the perfect platform which can springboard the Welsh production industry into being a major player both nationally and internationally.”
Pact chief executive John McVay hailed the initiative as a breakthrough for the industry.
“The first awards to come for the Talent Attraction Scheme are clear proof that it is possible for Pact, public agencies and broadcasters to respond to the needs and ambitions of independent producers in the nations and regions in the UK,” he said.
“These three companies will use this investment to develop their markets, win more network commissions and ensure the future growth and sustainability of independent production in Wales.
“The foresight that has been shown by the funding bodies should be applauded and should serve as a model for other regions of the UK.”
The judging panel included Emma Barker, editor of the ITV nations and regions production fund, C4 director of nations and regions Stuart Cosgrove and BBC Vision independents executive Krishan Arora.
The scheme is jointly funded by Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for Creative Media, and Creative Business Wales through the support of the Welsh Assembly Government.