Introducing our Indielab UK TV Accelerator cohort for 2021

Meet the TV indies taking part in the sixth edition of our industry-leading growth programme.

The sixth edition of our industry-leading programme is about to get underway, and we have 15 rising independent TV production companies taking place.


The applications process brought in a record number of responses, with the indies selected considered by our stakeholders, including broadcasters and platforms to be ones to watch and those that will most benefit from the programme.


We are delighted to introduce them: Big Little Fish Television, Black Camel Pictures, Blazing Griffin Pictures, ClearStory, Freedom Scripted Entertainment, Kailash Films, King of Sunshine Productions, Little Bird Films, Nuwave Pictures, Rare TV, Rooster TV, Strident Media, Triongl, Vox Pictures and Wall of Entertainment.


The 15 participants selected to take part in the 2021 programme reflect the most diverse cohort yet in terms of gender, ethnicity, genre and geographical location of the founders and companies. The scheme benefits again this year from three bursary schemes: the first, a diversity scheme for three indies run by founders from under-represented backgrounds, sponsored by Sony Pictures Television and further bursaries for Welsh independent production companies with support from Welsh Government funding through Creative Wales and Scottish companies funded by Screen Scotland. The overall programme is supported by Indielab’s long-term partners Channel 4 and the BBC.


Our founder and CEO Victoria Powell said: “The marked increase in applications we received this year demonstrates very clearly how much indies want to connect and supercharge their growth out of the slowdown brought about by Covid. The range, energy and diversity across this new cohort at perhaps one of the most challenging times the TV industry has ever experienced is testament to the strength of the sector. Our programmes are continuously evolving and innovating with targeted and timely support for indie founders providing impactful and enduring takeaways for every participant through the Indielab Connect platform.”


The 2021 programme has been re-formatted to deliver a blended mix of virtual events and the finale Indie Showcase, which takes place in-person in September. Indielab’s virtual events were first introduced in 2020 through the bespoke Indielab Connect platform, which provides virtual networking and learning environments, combined with a live coursebook and social-media platform available to all participants.


The agenda includes briefings from the BBC and Channel 4 on strengthening PSB relationships; Indielab’s LabTalks, consisting of thought-leadership talks on new revenue and working models in TV; and briefings with SVODs, including Netflix and Apple TV. The agenda seeks to provide access to the most relevant critical intelligence to enable indies to explore the full potential of partners and platforms for their creative output and to help them understand the future direction of the TV business. The programme, which includes further masterclasses from 50-plus industry experts and consultants, also provides global market insight and investment-readiness analysis.


Wayne Garvie, President, International Production, Sony Pictures Television, who will make the keynote opening speech to the cohort said: ‘‘Indielab is a unique programme that brings together some of the most exciting independent creative businesses in the TV industry to learn and grow. It is essential that we support initiatives such as these that seek to include all voices and nurture UK indies – SPT’s commitment to the indie sector through this diversity bursary has never been more important.”


In partnership with Indigo Talent, Indielab will once again recruit top industry names to serve as virtual mentors to the 2021 cohort. This strand delivers safe but effective 1-2-1 accelerator support during this complex time. Indielab’s roster of returning sponsors includes Getty Images, Banijay Rights, law firm Harbottle & Lewis, accounting, and tax consultants Ecovis Wingrave Yeats and Nyman Libson Paul. Each sponsor specialises in a different field, ensuring that the programme’s participants have access to 360-degree support and services.