Taiwan’s TAICCA plans to invest in European co-productions – TBI Vision

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Trade body TAICCA is looking to attract more European shows to Taiwan, with Series Mania executives outlining a range of investment and co-production programs available to international producers.

TAICCA (Taiwan Creative Content Agency) was established by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture in 2019 and has previously worked with Malian director Abderrahmane Sissako and invested in shows including a Franco-Taiwanese feature film A Holy Family.

He has previously partnered with companies such as Netflix, HBO and South Korea’s CJ ENM, while co-producing shows such as Fragrant Hillwhich counts among its partners Gaumont and CineFrance.

Co-financing

TAICCA President Ting Hsiao-Ching told TBI that she is now looking to strengthen partnerships with international television producers and use Taiwan’s International Co-financing Program (TICP), which can support 30% of a program’s production budget, up to $300,000. .

Qualification criteria require shows to have a Taiwanese element and have secure international distribution, while producers must also have lined up the remaining 70% of the total budget.

Ten shows are already in development under the co-production program and Hsiao-Ching discussed other programs including the Creative Content Development Program (CCDP), Immersive Content Grant – designed to support XR projects international – as well as the marketing initiatives that TAICCA can offer.

“For international companies like Netflix and HBO, they probably don’t need our production support, but we can help them with marketing support so they can bring Taiwan content to a more international audience.”

TAICCA’s programs are in addition to the Taiwanese government-backed production incentive, which offers a 30% cash rebate on shows with a minimum spend of $2 million. Producers must work with a Taiwan-based producer to qualify.

Hsiao-Ching added that the organization could also invest directly in shows as a co-production partner, but has also taken minority stakes in local companies such as ScreenWorks to support the industry.

“We can invest in individual projects or individual companies, some have been production houses and we have invested in projects they have with international partners.

“We are also open to coordinating with all kinds of national funds, including those in Europe – we want to work together on content that will be relevant to their market and ours.”

Mania pact & studio focus series

Earlier this week, TAICCA unveiled an agreement with Series Mania designed to provide “a fast track” for creators, producers, investors and distributors on both sides to secure market access in Asia and Europe.

The two organizations will co-host co-production workshops for project teams to showcase at the annual drama event, with European decision-makers invited to attend the Taiwan Creative Content Fest (TCCF), the industry’s flagship festival and marketplace. by TAICCA in November.

Hsiao-Ching was speaking following a studio-focused session – titled Audiovisual Filming Locations: A Creative Breakthrough – as part of Series Mania’s Lille Dialogues strand.

In a wide conversation, Edith Sepp, CEO of the Estonian Film Institute and Vice-President of EFAD (European Film Agencies Directors), said that competition between European studios increases the quality of facilities offered to producers .

She also highlighted the importance of improving workforce diversity through local training programs and explained how sustainability was improving at many studios.

Sky Studios chief operating officer Caroline Cooper said her company had incorporated a range of green practices at its Elstree Studios, the giant new complex in north London currently under construction.

Fabien Jankowiak of Pictanovo in France and Chiara Sbarigia, president of Italian studio giant Cinecitta, also highlighted the growing demand for studio space across Europe and the importance of making the most of local locations where possible. to attract productions.

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