Netribution was set up at the end of 1999 by three friends to explore how the web could help independent filmmakers. The site had two main periods of activity:

  • 1999-2002: web 1 & dotcom crash. From the first issue on December 31st 1999, with the news of the AOL-Time Warner merger, Netribution was an extensive free resource of contacts, statistics, festivals, links, classifieds and funding info, alongside a weekly magazine that ran for 100 issues, with a combination of news, big name interviewsguides, essays, new talent profiles and comedy blogs. Edited by Tom Fogg and Nic Wistreich, and running against the first dotcom crash, the pure html 3,000+ page site never made a penny and stopped updating at the start of 2002 when poverty finally triumphed.
  • 2006 - 2010: web 2.0 & web video. Following a successful stint helping Shooting People relaunch as a paid-subscription service and the sell-out publication of a co-published funding book - and following a few false starts - Nic relaunched Netribution at the start of 2006 on an open-source CMS to let anyone contribute articles (artwork, right). Against the backdrop of the growth of social media and web video, the new site had dozens of articles being contributed each week from exclusive a-list interviews to popular essays. After the publication of the third edition of the film funding book, and with no revenue model for the site, increasingly dominated by PRs and link-farms, it began to wind-down to the occasional whisper of a blog it is today.


ITV Regional Freelancer Doors Opening

ITV 1 logoFour new talent schemes have been launched by ITV as part of its three-year £9m Regional Production Fund to source fresh regional creative talent.

ITV's UK regionsThe new schemes, overseen by editor Jane McCloskey, will allow independent, freelance and in-house producers, as well as writers and technicians, to be given opportunities to work on ITV network programmes.

 In addition, an executive producer scheme - a year long programme - offering exceptional producers from the nations and regions masterclasses, working with directors and senior commissioners and also getting experience across key areas of the business.

ITV director of television Simon Shaps said the Regional Prodcution Fund initiative aimed to ‘unlock key regional talent, break new talented screenwriters and will expand ITV’s commissioning base outside of London.’

Another initiative incorporates a screenwriters scheme in the nations and regions run by the writer training body TAPS, hosting workshops and giving writers opportunities to work with producers, directors and actors.

ITV plan to offer network secondments for freelance and regional in-house talent who will get to work on key network series within ITV Productions.

Finally there is to be an independent development scheme offering mentoring for new network producers.

Applications for the scemes will be available from April 10th.