Screen Yorkshire’s plans to cement Yorkshire’s position as a leading centre for the screen industries have taken another step forward as it announced its second major hire in two months with the appointment of a new Production Liaison Manager, Chris Hordley. The hire is part of Screen Yorkshire’s strategic growth initiatives and will be integral to its plans to launch a regional film office in autumn 2018.
Reporting to Screen Yorkshire’s Chief Executive, Sally Joynson, Chris will join the company in late summer to provide on-the-ground support to film and TV production companies filming in the region. As the first point of call, he will advise on regional filming locations, studios, production facilities and crew, providing a streamlined, high-quality service that will strengthen the position of Yorkshire and Humber as a leading destination for both domestic and international productions. Additionally, Chris will work with Screen Yorkshire’s senior management team in building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders, including the region’s local authorities and national industry bodies such as the BFI.
Chris Hordley is already familiar with Screen Yorkshire, having worked for the organisation between 2004-2011. He joined Creative England in October 2011 and played a key role in supporting the national body to create a one-stop-shop of production support for the English regions and establish England’s first national film locations database. Between 1996-2004, he held several production roles at ITV Yorkshire, becoming the Location Manager in 2001, working on a range of the networks flagship shows.