Following Channel 4’s decision to locate its national headquarters in Leeds, Screen Yorkshire is to open a new Film and TV office in the region.
The move aims to open up further opportunities to UK and international producers and looks to make Yorkshire & Humber a world-class hub for film and television.
Screen Yorkshire 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 Film Office team will aim to 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.
Sally Joynson, CEO of Screen Yorkshire, said: “Our ambition to make Yorkshire a world-class venue for the screen industries has taken a step forward today with the opening of our Film Office.
“Our dedicated team and resource will provide a single point of contact for producers wanting to film in the region – and provide them with a bespoke service to give them the advice and support they need to deliver their project.
“Together with the news that Channel 4 is moving its national headquarters to the region, the opening of Screen Yorkshire’s Film Office today sends a clear message to screen industry creatives far and wide that Yorkshire is open for business and ready to welcome them.”