Bad Wolf in £4m deal to boost growth in Welsh HETV

Bad Wolf in £4m deal to boost growth in Welsh HETV
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The Welsh Government and Cardiff-based Bad Wolf have agreed a deal that ensures a slate of HETV dramas will be made in Wales over the next four years.

Creative Wales, the Welsh Government support agency for the country’s creative sector, brokered the deal, that commits to at least four Bad Wolf productions being shot and produced in Wales in the period up to March 2027. Bad Wolf will maintain its principal base at Wolf Studios Wales in Cardiff.

The deal is projected to deliver a return on investment of 15:1, helping to drive further growth in Wales’ thriving TV industry and committing Bad Wolf to a minimum Welsh spend of £60 million over the four-year period. It will also provide a minimum of 42 meaningful paid trainee placements on high-end productions.

Bad Wolf will continue to prioritise and commit to working with Welsh-based talent during the four years, with many actors, directors and writers already engaged across several projects.

Deputy Minister, Dawn Bowden visited a shoot for the latest Bad Wolf production ‘Dope Girls’, and met cast, crew and trainees working on the show.

The Deputy Minister said: “This four-year deal is excellent news for the creative sector in Wales. The high numbers of Welsh crew and supply chain companies working on the productions will secure invaluable production credits which will only strengthen Wales’ reputation as a first-class filming location with talented and skilled crew able to service high-end production.

“The industry is a stand out success with global reach that is helping young people plan ambitious futures in Wales.That goal is at heart of our Economic Mission and the creative sector is proving what’s possible thanks to a sustained partnership with the Welsh Government.”

Jane Tranter, CEO and co-founder of Bad Wolf, added: “The continued support from Welsh Government to the creative industries in Wales has been invaluable to the growth of TV production here. When we first located Doctor Who in Wales almost 20 years ago, we could have hardly dared to hope that two decades later we would see such a diverse slate of TV drama being made by a plethora of different companies. Bad Wolf is honoured to be part of an energetic and vibrant industry that we are sure will continue to bring investment and employment to Wales for many years to come.”

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