At the recent BVE North (November 2012), I chaired a panel featuring Hugo Heppell, Head of Production, Screen Yorkshire and Lynne McCadden, Head of Development, Creative England. I had been expecting them to talk about TV and funding quotas for regional producers and to hear about the development and production grants that they had to help regional content providers develop, pitch and produce their ideas in order compete in a challenging market. However, what I got was something unexpected: they are no longer interested in supporting ideas via grants. Instead they are all about working out what their return on investment (ROI) will be in any given project, which means that they want to see a solid business plan before they will ask to see a proposal for your idea.
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Read Give Me the Money and I’ll Shoot!: Finance Your Factual TV/Film Project to find out what elements you need to include in a business plan and how to tailor your pitch to different kinds of funders, from investors to brands.