Bristol-BBC-Anchor is a new collaboration between the BBC, Bristol City Council, South West RDA, South West Screen and an alliance of creative industries, community organisations and academic institutions including Bristol Media, the University of Bristol, UWE and Futurelab.
Bristol has a reputation for creation of world-class content, most notably from the award-winning BBC Natural History Unit, and in factual programming, wildlife content and animation. Alongside this, pioneering initiatives such as The Pervasive Media Studio, the Watershed and Knowle West Media Centre are producing numerous cutting edge digital media and community inclusion projects.
Bristol-BBC-Anchor will build on the depth of talent on both sides of the content/technology mix, aligning investment and activities to develop a dynamic digital production hub in Bristol and the South West region.
At the launch of the partnership agreement, Leader of Bristol City Council Barbara Janke said: “This partnership represents an opportunity to utilise the BBC’s presence in the city to help stimulate creative, technological and economic growth in the creative industries and in our communities.”
Latest initiatives include a new drive in local schools and colleges to boost media and digital production skills and find the Sir David Attenboroughs of the future. A ‘school for DJs’ is also set to be unveiled next year, with the BBC opening up its studios and presenters will become mentors for local young people with a passion for presenting or producing programmes.
Another project will specifically target harder-to-reach communities and offer media and digital training to 18 to 25-year-olds keen to pursue a career in media.
Currently underway is a new micro-budget feature film initiative called iFeatures. Developed by South West Screen and backed by Bristol City Council and BBC Films, iFeatures will see three full-length feature films developed, shot and premiered in Bristol during 2010 and 2011.
To find out more log on to: http://bristol-bbc-anchor.org/