Film Of­fice part of plan to make re­gion ‘a world-class screen hub’

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

A NEW film of­fice is be­ing opened in Leeds in the lat­est an­nounce­ment of on-screen ex­pan­sion in the re­gion, fol­low­ing Chan­nel 4’s de­ci­sion to choose the city as its na­tional head­quar­ters.

Screen York­shire yes­ter­day re­vealed it is now ex­pand­ing op­er­a­tions at its ex­ist­ing of­fices at The Calls in the city cen­tre, in a bid to boost sup­port it of­fers to screen in­dus­tries across York­shire.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion, which cham­pi­ons film and TV in­dus­tries in the re­gion, said the move was part of its am­bi­tion “to make York­shire a world-class hub for film and tele­vi­sion”. While the Film Of­fice will ini­tially work out of its ex­ist­ing space on The Calls, Screen York­shire said it is now also “ex­plor­ing the de­vel­op­ment” of a new, large-scale stu­dio com­plex.

Screen York­shire’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, Sally Joyn­son, 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.”

The Film Of­fice team will pro­vide im­proved pro­duc­tion “li­ai­son and sup­port” on is­sues rang­ing from lo­ca­tion and fa­cil­i­ties to crew and ed­u­ca­tion links. It will also of­fer as­pir­ing pro­duc­ers ad­vice on be­ing based in York­shire.

It comes just two weeks af­ter Chan­nel 4 an­nounced that Leeds had emerged vic­to­ri­ous from the bid­ding process to be­come the base for its new head­quar­ters out­side of Lon­don. The public­ser­vice broad­caster will re­lo­cate more than 200 jobs to Leeds.

Ms Joyn­son added: “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.”

SALLY JOYN­SON: Film Of­fice will boost sup­port of­fered to screen in­dus­tries across re­gion.

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