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ITV names Manchester indie on diversity pilot

10 independent production companies have been named on ITV’s new pilot, Amplify: The Companies.

Supported by ITV’s Diversity Fund, the companies include Manchester’s King of Sunshine Productions, which is behind UK’s National Parks with Caroline Quentin.

“We created Amplify: The Companies to turbo charge relationships between ITV commissioners and companies owned by People of Colour and/or Deaf, Disabled and Neurodivergent producers,” explained Nahrein Kemp, Creative Diversity Partner at ITV.

“We look forward to seeing these relationships thrive and to see what commissions that they might lead to in the future.”

Each company has been matched with an ITV genre commissioner from Drama, Entertainment, Factual, Reality or Current Affairs. They have also been provided with a brief for their slate and then awarded £5,000 each to help develop ideas to pitch. 

The money can be used as the companies wish, to support the work required in the ideas generation stage. Following feedback from each of the individual pitches, if ideas are greenlit they will go into further development as part of the standard ITV commissioning process. If not, the companies are free to pitch their ideas elsewhere.

King of Sunshine will be working with Joe Mace, ITV’s Entertainment Commissioning Editor.

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