U.K. trio funds family pix

BBC, Film Council, Children's Foundation pool cash

LONDON — The BBC, the U.K. Film Council and the Children’s Film & TV Foundation have joined forces to create a fund for the development of Blighty family pics.

The partners have committed to spend £900,000 ($1.5 million) over the next three years to develop live-action and animated fare aimed at kids and family auds.

The fund will be spearheaded by CFTF development exec Grainne Marmion.

Anna Home, a former BBC exec who heads the 50-year-old CFTF, commented, “This new fund will re-establish the CFTF as a focal point of family-friendly films and enable it to provide the expertise to develop talent in this specialized genre.”

“Big-budget successes such as ‘Chicken Run’ and ‘Harry Potter’ have shown that there is an audience for distinctively British family-friendly films,” said Jenny Borgars, head of the Film Council’s development fund. “This initiative will help to meet that demand.”

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