Me­dia stu­dio ‘vi­tal’ for re­gion’s TV and film in­dus­try

Yorkshire Post - - REGIONAL NEWS -

A NEW me­dia stu­dio which is set to open in Leeds in the spring has been her­alded as vi­tal to help­ing sup­port the re­gion’s bur­geon­ing tele­vi­sion and film in­dus­try.

The new 130,000 sq ft fa­cil­ity is due to be launched in May to bring five world class pro­duc­tion stages for TV, fea­ture film and com­mer­cial clients.

The fa­cil­ity, called Leeds Stu­dios, is the lat­est ma­jor in­vest­ment in the film and tele­vi­sion sec­tor which has be­come in­creas­ingly im­por­tant to the na­tional econ­omy.

Leeds Coun­cil’s leader Ju­dith

Blake said: “Bring­ing a state-ofthe-art stu­dio to the city and now start­ing to see what will be brought to life ahead of the open­ing next year is hugely ex­cit­ing.

“Not only is this de­vel­op­ment a real boost for the cre­ative and TV sec­tors in Leeds, but the ben­e­fits will be seen for our lo­cal econ­omy as we open new av­enues for com­pa­nies to come and work in the city whilst bring­ing in new jobs.”

Since 2008, film and tele­vi­sion rev­enues have risen na­tion­ally by 40 per cent to £3bn last year. York­shire has it­self seen wide­spread in­vest­ment, in­clud­ing the an­nounce­ment in Oc­to­ber last year that Chan­nel 4 would es­tab­lish a new head­quar­ters in Leeds.

The re­gion has also be­come a sought-af­ter des­ti­na­tion for pro­duc­tion crews, with movies and tele­vi­sion se­ries in­clud­ing ITV’s his­tor­i­cal drama Vic­to­ria and the new Downton Abbey film be­ing filmed in York­shire.

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