Development builds the buzz around Yorkshire as production base following C4’s decision last week to locate its new National HQ in the region
Following the news that Channel 4 is to locate its new national headquarters in Leeds, the screen industries in Yorkshire were today given an additional boost when Screen Yorkshire announced the opening of its new Film Office. The move, which aims to open up further opportunities to UK and international producers, is a cornerstone of Screen Yorkshire’s ambition to make Yorkshire & Humber a world-class hub for film and television.
The Leeds-based organisation already supports the industry through its commercial investment fund, the Yorkshire Content Fund (YCF), which is open to companies based in Yorkshire or bringing projects to film in the region and has to date supported over 40 titles. Today’s move will see Screen Yorkshire ramp up its existing activity and expand the support and resource it offers the screen industries, providing a one-stop-shop for all filming enquiries in the region. In addition to its investment fund, the new, dedicated Film Office team with over 40 years location management and scouting experience, will provide improved production liaison and support on everything from location and facilities through to crew and details of production trainees and education links. The service will also offer would-be producers coming to the area comprehensive advice on being based in Yorkshire, and the wider media landscape.
In the longer term, the new Film Office – working in conjunction with public and private partners – is also exploring the development of an entirely new large-scale studio complex, with the potential to offer a major hub for domestic and international film and TV activity. The organisation has already developed the Church Fenton Yorkshire Studios, home of Mammoth Screen’s ITV-hit, Victoria.