Belfast Telegraph

Children's TV firm gets a £120k boost for projects

By Audrey Watson

The Northern Ireland firm behind Bafta-winning children's TV series Big City Park and the multi-award-winning Lily's Driftwood Bay has been given a financial boost.

Belfast-based production company Sixteen South has secured more than £120,000 of funding from Creative Europe - the European Union's programme to assist companies working on audiovisual projects with international potential.

Sixteen South is one of only six companies in the UK to receive a grant from Creative Europe's media sub-programme development fund.

Creative director Colin Williams said: "We're absolutely delighted to be awarded development funding of £121,216 for our slate of current projects.

"Development is the lifeblood of any creative business. This funding allows us to build new ideas, to work with the best talent for each project and to grow our business and the local Northern Ireland creative industry."

Sixteen South was set up in 2008 and specialises in premium children's TV. The £2.5m multi-award-winning animation series Lily's Driftwood Bay was the first international series of its kind to be created and produced in Northern Ireland. It was distributed by the Jim Henson Company.

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