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Arts Minister visits 'Big City Park' set

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Arts Minister Nelson McCausland today said that investment in Northern Ireland’s film, television and digital media sector was producing tangible results .

The Minister was speaking during a visit to the set of 'Big City Park', a new series for CBeebies for children aged 3-6 , which aims to encourage the joy of being outdoors and imaginative play. It is being co-produced by BBC Scotland and local company Sixteen South , who make high quality compelling childrens' programming for UK and International broadcasters

Speaking after the visit the Minister said: “This series is further good news for Northern Ireland’s production sector that has been buoyed by a number of recent successes, such as the location of a major HBO drama in Belfast and seven BAFTA Television and TV craft awards. The development of the series was supported by Northern Ireland Screen’s Product Development Fund financed by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.”

The series has been commissioned by CBeebies in London as their major new commission for the channel.

Notes to editors:

  1. Big City Park is due to air this summer on Cbeebies
  2. Since 2007 Invest NI has provided over £15m of support for Northern Ireland Screen of which £2m was for the Product Development Fund which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland. Invest NI channels the majority of its support for the local screen industries through Northern Ireland Screen.
  3. Media queries should be addressed to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure Press Office. Tel: (028) 9025 8901 or email DCAL Press Office