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BAI Releases Funding Decisions for Round 18 of Sound and Vision
09 Sep 2013 : By Kevin Cronin
BAI Chief Executive Michael O'Keeffe.
The BAI has released the results of Round 18 of its Sound and Vision funding scheme today, with €3.78m (of the €4.462m total) allocated to TV projects, and the top amount of €600,000 awarded to Abú Media’s Gold Rush drama ‘The Klondike’.

Of particular note is that approximately 95% of the funds will go directly to the Independent TV/radio production sector - spread across 17 TV and 102 radio projects.

BAI CEO Michael O’Keeffe acknowledged the large number of quality projects which could not be supported this time round due to the limited funds available and noted that the final selection represented a package providing ‘format, genre and audience diversity’.

In order of amount from highest to lowest, the following are the TV results:

•‘The Klondike’ – produced by Abú Media Teo for TG4 – was awarded the top figure of €600,000.

A bi-lingual drama series about Irish men and women who sought their fortunes in the Wild West during the Gold Rush, ‘The Klondike’ is directed by Dathaí Keane and will consist of four hour-long episodes.

The series was written in-house by the Abú Media team - based on real-life accounts that will be recreated in a ‘Frontier town’ set built to simulate the American West in the West of Ireland.

• P.J. Dillon’s Western ‘The Ranger’, produced by Fastnet Films for TV3, was awarded €500,000.

This can be added to the €900,000 it has already received from the Irish Film Board this year, in their funding decisions for the first half of 2013.

Produced by Fastnet Films, ‘The Ranger’ is described as ‘a dark and compelling story of revenge set in 1840’s Ireland.

IFTA-winning cinematographer P.J. Dillon will direct - based on a screenplay he wrote with Eugene O'Brien and Pierce Ryan.

• The third highest amount went to ‘Doctor in the House’, produced by Independent Pictures for TV3, at €435,000.

• The largest amount allocated to a children’s show and fourth largest overall went to ‘Nelly and Nora’, Geronimo’s animated programme for RTÉjr, which received €340,000.

• Next up, ‘Ireland On The Day I Was Born’, produced by Adare Productions’ for TG4, was granted €275,000.

The remainder of the top 10 consisted of the following:

• ‘Ireland's Street Singers’ (Tyrone Productions Ltd) for RTÉ One - €270,000.
• ‘A Sporting Chance’ (Gyre & Gimble Productions) for Setanta Sports at €230,000.
• ‘Teenage Kicks’ (Screentime ShinAwiL Limited) for RTÉ 2 at €220,000.
• ‘Mission H.E.’ (Mind the Gap Films Limited) for RTÉ One at €195,000.
• ‘#broke’ (Motive Television Productions) for TV3 at €188,000.

Rounding out the TV list were the following productions:

• ‘Feirm’ (Red Shoe Productions Limited) for TG4 at €170,000
• ‘Life and Death on the Northside’ (Underground Films) for RTÉ One at €100,000.
• 'Corman i gConamara' (Dearg Films) for TG4 at €78,000
• ‘Life On The Farm’ (RTÉ) for RTÉjr at €70,000
• ‘Five Fables’ (Flickerpix Animations) for BBC NI at €45,000
• ‘Four Seasons in Ballinvreena’ (Frameworks Films Limited) for Cork Community Television at €35,736
• ‘Lá Dár Saol’ (Macha Media Limited) for TG4 at €33,000

The full list of TV and radio projects granted funding in Round 18 of Sound & Vision is available here.

Applications for Round 19 of Sound & Vision are now being accepted until 19th September at 12 noon, and can be submitted online at: www.baionline.ie

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