S4C Taps Nick Catliff & Stuart Baxter for Growth Fund


The Welsh-language broadcaster S4C appointed Nick Catliff and Stuart Baxter to work with companies that receive investment through its Commercial Growth Fund.

Baxter was most recently the president of international distribution at Entertainment One (eOne) and was part of the senior eOne team that first sold the business and subsequently helped Hasbro sell the business to Lionsgate. Catliff was co-founder and managing director of Lion Television for 20 years, successfully selling it to All3Media.

Baxter and Catliff will work with the fund’s advisor, Laura Franses, to identify and support high-growth Welsh companies across TV, film, gaming and tech. The fund will act as a catalyst for that growth and play a prominent role in harnessing the significant potential of the creative industries in Wales.

Baxter said: “The S4C Commercial Growth Fund is a great opportunity for companies that are eager to grow.

“I’m looking forward to working with these successful ventures and giving advice as they look to maximize their potential. There are plenty of opportunities in the industry for those innovative and creative companies that have something special to offer.”

Catliff said: “Welsh companies have a strong track record when it comes to TV and film and our aim is to ensure that those companies can achieve even more in future.

“As a mentor I’ll be looking to assist those businesses who are keen to grow and ensure that they benefit from my experience of the industry. This is a great chance for companies with ambition, to attract investment and advice.”

Franses said: “Nick and Stuart bring a huge amount of experience, advice and ideas for those companies involved with the fund. To have mentors with such strong and impressive backgrounds is a huge boost for the growth fund.

“The fund is committed to investing in Wales and Welsh talent and we are keen to hear from any interested companies.”