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BBC launches second XM25 Indie Networking Scheme

XM25, the BBC's Out of London Independents' creative network initiative, launches this month, following the huge success of the 2008/09 scheme.

Now open for new applications, the scheme was created to support the independent sector beyond the M25 and aims to strengthen producers' relationships with BBC commissioners.

The current XM25 scheme, which was launched in November last year, and runs to September 2009, gave 15 outside-London production companies, from across the UK, access to BBC Commissioners in Factual and Entertainment through a series of intensive workshops.

A number of projects for BBC network have been developed by participating companies; Burning Blue Media in Bath had its first network commission with Around The World In 90 Minutes, a science programme for 9.00pm BBC One; and Truevision North won its first commission with A Year Of Change (working title), a BBC One film for 10.30pm. Other projects from the scheme are in active development.

BBC Independents Executive, Krishan Arora, who heads up the scheme, said: "The first year of XM25 has been very exciting – we had a great response and I'm really pleased with the projects and the relationships that have come through the scheme.

"Winning commissions in such a competitive market is a lot to do with building creative relationships so I'm looking for companies with great ideas that we can really engage with in the long term. I am delighted to be launching the scheme for a second year and look forward to bringing producers from around the UK closer to BBC network commissioning."

A representative of each indie attended two-day sessions in London and Glasgow, with BBC commissioners and other executives from areas such as multiplatform, scheduling and marketing.

BBC executives taking part in the sessions included Jay Hunt, Controller BBC One; Richard Klein, Controller BBC Four; Danny Cohen, Controller BBC Three; Anne Morrison, Director BBC Academy; and commissioners, Charlotte Moore, Martin Davidson, Jo Ball and Mark Linsey.

Feedback from the participating indies includes:

"There is a palpable feeling that XM25 is providing the very practical 'coal face' for the corporate ambition articulated in the BBC's new out of London strategy. This is an incredibly rare opportunity." Dermot Lavery (Doubleband, Belfast)

"I can't recommend the scheme highly enough and I feel extremely privileged to be part of the first one. Thank you for the opportunity." Matt Pinder (TrueVision North, Glasgow)

"The scheme has been of enormous benefit to North One TV's relatively new Birmingham development office. The BBC is often referred to as a citadel, but XM25 has enabled me to scale the walls and meet face to face with major players." James Woodroffe (North One Midlands, Birmingham)

The 2010 scheme opens for application on Friday 26 June and closes on Friday 24 July. For more information and application form visit bbc.co.uk/commissioning/xm25.

Notes to Editors

XM25 2008/09 Participants:

Wales
Telesgop – Branwen Davies
Rondo – Tom Ware
Presentable – Martyn Ingram

Northern Ireland
Waddell Media – Jannine Waddell
Doubleband – Dermot Lavery
Green Inc – Stephen Stuart

Scotland
Truevision North – Matt Pinder
One Eyed Dog – Ishbel Hall
Hand Pict – George Cathro

England
Talent TV South – Kate Beal
Avatar – Deep Sehgal
True North – Andrew Sheldon
Burning Blue Meia – Nick Watts
Available Light – David Parker
North One Midlands – James Woodroffe

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