Broadcasters from three Celtic countries have joined forces on a co-production deal which will examine tides and the land caught between sea and the coast. The series has also attracted the interest of LIC China, who have pledged their support to the project.
Led by Welsh company Cwmni Da and Mac TV from Scotland, the series was first pitched at the Celtic Media Festival on the Isle of Man this year, and has attracted support from TG4, BBC ALBA, BBC Northern Ireland and S4C. LIC, China’s largest independent producer is also on board.
The three part series of hour-long episodes, ‘Tide’, will examine the influence of the tide on coastal land and communities. The series is to be launched at MIP Com in Cannes and is being distributed by Sky Vision.
Llion Iwan, S4C Head of Content Distribution said: “It is not new to see S4C working with broadcasters in the Celtic countries, but to bring four of these broadcasters together is an achievement that we’re very proud to be a part of. This series will appeal to viewers of all four broadcasters and we’re proud that a company from Wales, Cwmni Da, is leading on the production. Partnerships like this certainly expand the potential for the production sector beyond Wales.”
Dylan Huws, Managing Director, Cwmni Da, said: “Cwmni Da and Mac TV are really looking forward to working with all partners, ‘Tide’ has fired the imaginations of all concerned and there is huge potential in the series. We can’t wait to get started!”
Margaret Cameron, Channel Editor, BBC ALBA, said: “We’re excited and ambitious for Scottish companies to be involved in world-class productions such as ‘Tides’. Supporting co-production projects enhances our offering to the BBC ALBA audience and unlocks the creative and economic potential in our suppliers.”
Proinsias Ní Ghráinne, Commissioning Editor, TG4, said: “TG4 are delighted to join forces with our broadcasting partners in the other Celtic nations to commission an Irish language version of this ambitious series. The theme of ‘Tide’ has a particular resonance for our island nation that will no doubt captivate TG4 audiences in Ireland and throughout the world.”
Steven Seidenberg, head of international co-production at LIC China, said: “LIC is happy to join this important project. We are looking forward to working with Cwmni Da and its Celtic production and broadcasting partners on this exciting project.”
Celtic Media Festival Director, Catriona Logan, said: “The International Pitching Forum at the Celtic Media Festival gives producers the opportunity pitch to broadcasters from the U.K., Ireland and around the world. This incredible production, pitched and commissioned at the festival, is testament to the kind of relationships that are made at CMF. We are passionate about creating an environment of international collaboration, and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes from the forum at CMF 2018 in Llanelli, Wales.”