Building a world class centre for the screen industries

'Dark River' filmed in Yorkshire with investment from Screen Yorkshire. Image: Dean Rogers

About

Screen Yorkshire champions the film, TV, games and digital industries in Yorkshire and the Humber, UK. Our aim is to secure and support the very best projects, companies and individuals, helping to make the region one of the most sought-after destinations for production in the UK. We deliver this vision by investing financially in productions; developing talent to create a skilled workforce; and fostering Yorkshire’s global reputation as an outstanding location for creatives.

Screen Yorkshire provides the Film Office services for Yorkshire & Humber and has been leading the development of the Yorkshire Screen Hub, a cluster for the screen industries, supported  by the BFI through its Creative Cluster Challenge Fund. Screen Yorkshire also works with ScreenSkills, NFTS and the BFI to devise and deliver industry schemes to develop regional and UK wide talent.

Screen Yorkshire’s talented bunch are a brilliant mix of local knowledge, passion for the job and intense creativity. We simply couldn’t have made the show in Yorkshire without them.

Phil Collinson, producer on 'Gentleman Jack'

Screen Yorkshire don’t just offer financial support, it’s also about the support they give production, too, to help us make the best film we could

Niall Shamma, COO, Warp Films

Thomas Turgoose in 'This Is England' (2008). Produced by Warp Films with investment from Screen Yorkshire

Our History

Established as one of nine regional screen agencies by the UK Film Council in 2002, we’ve been around for almost two decades. We launched our first production fund in 2003 which went on to invest in iconic British films like the BAFTA-award-winning This is England. In 2011 Screen Yorkshire became a stand-alone private company specialising in commercial content investment and establishing the Yorkshire Content Fund (YCF), which to date has brought over 40 productions to Yorkshire and Humber.

In 2017 data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revealed that – thanks in no small measure to Screen Yorkshire – the region’s screen industries grew faster than anywhere else in the UK, including London and the South East. Our Film Office, launched in 2018, is designed to grow production further – and with a special emphasis on the international market.

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Our team

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    Sally Joynson, Chief Executive

    Sally champions the film tv and wider screen industries in Yorkshire & Humber. Since taking the role in 2006, Sally’s leadership has seen Yorkshire & Humber become one of the most sought-after destinations for production in the UK, delivering unprecedented growth for the region. She sits on several Advisory Boards including National Science and Media Museum, Digital Creativity Labs, and the Yorkshire and North-East Film Archives.
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    Caroline Cooper Charles, Head of Creative

    Caroline is a member of our senior management team. She is responsible for our talent development programmes and also manages our Yorkshire Content Fund. Caroline is the first port of call for producers wanting to access the fund. She negotiates the terms of our funding deals and has creative oversight of the projects we invest in. She also oversees the work of the Film Office team.
  • Jo Schofield

    Jo Schofield, Talent Development Manager

    Jo works with Caroline to design and deliver a suite of talent development initiatives, building partnerships within the industry to showcase the region's emerging screen talent. This will kick off in late spring 2021 with the launch of a new groundbreaking talent development programme.
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    Glyn Middleton, Head of Skills and Industry Engagement

    Glyn is a member of our senior management team, and is responsible for all our skills and training initiatives, including new entrant and professional development programmes. Glyn oversees a number of projects including the Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire, Connected Campus and Beyond Brontes. Glyn also heads up our industry engagement and support activities, developing and maintaining Screen Yorkshire's relationships with Yorkshire based indies working in the broadcast sector.
  • Richard Knight, Production Liaison and Education

    Richard Knight, Production Liaison and Education

    Richard assists with the day to day running of the Film Office and also manages Screen Yorkshire’s training and education programmes. Richard has worked for fifteen years as a location manager, predominantly in Yorkshire on films including Four Lions and This is England, and TV Dramas such as Utopia and Prisoners Wives. As such, he has an excellent knowledge of Yorkshire’s diverse range of locations and the logistics of filming in them.    
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    Chris Hordley, Production Liaison & Development

    Chris provides bespoke advice on regional locations, studios and facilities to UK and international production companies. With over 20 years combined industry and production liaison experience, Chris has secured and supported productions in Yorkshire & Humber including; Peaky Blinders, Happy Valley, Victoria, Ackley Bridge, God's Own Country, Paddington 2, and Transformers: The Last Knight.  He also supports Screen Yorkshire’s senior management team in building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders.
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    Olivia Thomas, Film Office Co-ordinator

    Olivia is the first point of call for Screen Yorkshire's Crew Service. She is part of the Film Office team and advises on filming enquiries, including locations, crew, facilities and permitting and also maintains our film locations and crew and facilities databases.
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    Abigail Houseman, Beyond Brontës Senior Coordinator

    Abigail runs our Beyond Brontës programme, established in 2019 to address the lack of diversity in the screen industries workforce. Beyond Brontës supports young people in the Bradford District and Leeds City Region to develop the skills, confidence and connections to enter and succeed in the screen industries.
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    Paul Higgins, Head of Finance

    Paul is responsible for the company’s strategic and operational financial management, corporate governance and accounting.
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    Jean Pendle-Ash, Finance Officer

    Jean is part of our Finance team and looks after our financial record keeping, payment of invoices and also helps with the preparation of accounts.
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    Rachel McWatt, Communications Manager

    Rachel oversees communications on behalf of Screen Yorkshire, including publicity, marketing, PR, social media, website, branding and events.

Directors

  • John Surtees

    John Surtees, Chair

    John is a former Director of Resources at ITV in Leeds & Manchester and Chairman of 3sixtymedia. Previous roles within ITV include Controller of Production (YTV), Director of Resources (North) and MD of Provision.
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    Adeel Amini

    Adeel Amini, a Bradfordian, formed The TV Mindset in 2018, a mental health support group for freelancers which advocates for constructive change in the industry, advising and informing policies of key decision makers and institutions. Adeel won the Edinburgh Television Festival Industry Champion Award 2020 for his work on behalf of freelancers during the Covid pandemic. A senior entertainment producer, Adeel’s TV credits include Catchphrase, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Blind Date and 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
  • Samantha Glynne

    Samantha Glynne

    Samantha works at world leading content producers Fremantle, where she is Global Senior Vice President of Branded Entertainment. Fremantle creates and distributes some of the world’s best known drama, entertainment, factual and lifestyle shows; from The Young Pope and American Gods to the X Factor and Take Me Out. Samantha drives branded entertainment activities for Fremantle around the world, working with regional commercial and digital teams to deliver brand strategy, lead key relationships with brands and agencies, and maximise advertiser engagement on TV and digital platforms.
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    Ali Rashid

    Ali Rashid is an award winning producer who has served on a number of boards relating to film and television, including PACT. He ran his own production company for a number of years, is a former group head at YTV - Tyne Tees and the former Head of the School of Media, Design and Technology at the University of Bradford.
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    Cameron McCracken

    Cameron is Managing Director of Pathe UK. He is a member of the British Screen Advisory Council and has co-produced or executive produced over 20 films including: Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Queen and Slumdog Millionaire.
  • Charles Cecil

    Charles Cecil MBE

    Charles is Managing Director of Revolution Software, today one of the world’s leading adventure game companies. Responsible for writing successful adventure games including Broken Sword, the company has also developed games based on major TV & film franchises.
  • Sarah Doole

    Sarah Doole

    Sarah is CEO of Red Productions. The Manchester based indie has produced some of the UK's most popular and critically acclaimed drama series, including Happy Valley, Last Tango In Halifax, Years and Years and Harlen Coben's Safe.
  • Ian Roe

    Ian Roe

    Ian is a chartered accountant and business finance consultant working in media for over 20 years. Based for 17 years at Yorkshire Television in Leeds he held finance roles in YTV, Granada Productions and, latterly, ITV Productions where he was Director of Finance.
  • Richard Gerard

    Richard Gerard

    Richard has held Financial Director roles at B&Q Logistics and at ITV plc during 10 years working within the production/studios businesses. Richard runs his own FD consultancy business, providing assistance to SMEs in the North of England.

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