Founded in 2015 by senior TV executive and industry leader Victoria Powell (pictured), Indielab Accelerator seeks to promote a sustainable and resilient independent screen sector in the UK. The programmes are designed to equip companies with the knowledge, skills and networks needed to achieve their full potential. Through masterclasses, seminars, panel discussions, networking events and one-to-one sessions, companies gain valuable insight into, and training in, a range of subjects, including leadership, commercial innovation, business planning, distribution, revenue-stream maximisation, corporate finance and investment readiness.
The new programme is designed to build on what is said to be the success of the past six Accelerators, and Indielab noted that 2021 participants attributed a combined £15.5 million of new business to their involvement.
The seventh programme will deliver its established core modules covering topics such as investment and business planning, while adding new sessions to reflect the changing television business and cultural landscape.
These include exploring changing revenue streams and building relationships with global subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services, an accessibility and inclusion panel, backed by UK broadcaster Channel 4, and sessions on supporting founder development. The latter is designed to give indie principals the necessary tools to help them be the best possible leader as their business grows, while creating and sustaining an inclusive workplace and healthy culture.
The Indielab 2022 TV Accelerator will be open to at least 15 early and mid-stage UK production companies and the programme actively welcomes applications from disabled, diverse, and female founders/senior executives. Indielab would also like to encourage previously unsuccessful applicants to re-apply. Rapid TV News