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Screen Yorkshire in £15m funding boost for creative industries in region

Screen Yorkshire has announced it has a new fund of £15m, signalling a major boost both for creative industries in the local area and for the future of the agency itself.

The agency has pledged to invest the £15m Yorkshire Content Fund in the TV, film, video games and digital sectors in Yorkshire and Humber. With half of the money coming from a £7.5m investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the remainder set to reach the fund through private sector investors, it represents the largest fund of its kind in the UK.

The creative and digital industries are said to employ in the region of 113,000 people within Yorkshire and Humber and enjoyed a growth rate of 16% within the 10-year period between 1998 and 2008. The Yorkshire Content Fund aims to support these industries and help to further this significant growth, while hopefully creating a large number of jobs.

Sally Joynson, chief executive of Screen Yorkshire, said: “The Yorkshire Content Fund marks a new era for the region’s creative businesses and for Screen Yorkshire as an organisation.

"These are difficult times and access to capital is still limited so to secure such a major pot of investment for the creative industries in Yorkshire and Humber is an incredible win for the region and for Screen Yorkshire. The fund will also create hundreds of jobs across the supply chain, which is so critical at the moment. I’m sure Yorkshire can now continue to create great content and to build on its legacy of film and TV productions such as Red Riding, The Damned United and This is England and video game production such as Broken Sword and Worms. It’s an exciting time to be in the creative industries in Yorkshire and Humber.”

Initially set up by the UK Film Council as one of nine Regional Screen Agencies, Screen Yorkshire has already been a prominent investor in successful creative content in the region, having invested in Andrea Arnold’s recent interpretation of Wuthering Heights (shown at the Leeds International Film Festival 2011) and the recent Channel 4 mini-series This Is England 86 and 88. The Yorkshire Content Fund will continue this work and will be used as an attraction for new productions, helping the growth of the industry within the region.

Mark Herbert, managing director of Sheffield’s Warp Films (the company behind Submarine), said: “Yorkshire has virtually everything you need to produce TV and film – stunning and diverse locations, skilled and experienced crew and now the new Yorkshire Content Fund.

"Finance is always a critical part of the jigsaw of getting TV or film made so this fund can only help in increasing production levels and creating jobs within Yorkshire.”

For more information about the fund visit www.screenyorkshire.co.uk

Posted on Wednesday 8th February 2012
Nakita Banger

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