Champion of Yorkshire-made productions to retire after 20 years
Screen Yorkshire has today announced that Sally Joynson will be retiring from the business after 16 years as Chief Executive. The Leeds-based executive, who has been with the organisation for twenty years, is expected to leave Screen Yorkshire in early 2022, once a successor has been found and after a period of handover. The search for a new CEO for Screen Yorkshire will start immediately.
Joynson began her career with Screen Yorkshire as Head of Industry Development, the organisation’s second employee when it was first set up in 2002. She became Chief Executive in 2006 and is widely credited with relaunching and rebuilding the company as a standalone enterprise, following the closure of the regional screen agencies in 2010. Securing almost £15m in funding to invest in content produced in the region, she launched the Yorkshire Content Fund – the biggest of its kind in the UK – of which the first recipient was Peaky Blinders. Since then, the Fund has invested in over fifty productions – from feature films like Dad’s Army and Official Secrets to critically-acclaimed TV shows like Ackley Bridge and All Creatures Great and Small – securing over 100 awards and nominations for Yorkshire-made content.