Screen Yorkshire gets extra funding of £7.5m to fund regional filming
Screen Yorkshire in northern England has secured an extra GBP7.5 million in funding from the European Regional Development Fund. The money will help fund productions filming on location in the area, which recently have included the Birmingham-set period gangster series Peaky Blinders.
The organisation will also consider funding in excess of a million pounds each for high-end TV productions. Since the UK government launched a TV tax credit last year, Yorkshire is now better equipped to offer greater production support to larger-scale TV shoots.
“This additional investment of GBP7.5 million - effectively doubling the capacity of the Yorkshire Content Fund - is a vote of confidence in Yorkshire, in Screen Yorkshire and the effectiveness of the Yorkshire Content Fund in putting Yorkshire at the heart of production across the UK screen industries,” said Sally Joynson, Chief Executive of Screen Yorkshire.
Added David Thompson of Origin Pictures: “As a production base, Yorkshire has a rich pool of locations for both contemporary and period productions, and its skilled and enthusiastic crews are an asset to every production.”
This additional investment of GBP7.5 million - effectively doubling the capacity of the Yorkshire Content Fund - is a vote of confidence in Yorkshire.
Sally Joynson, Chief Executive of Screen Yorkshire
Other productions to have filmed on location in Yorkshire have included period pieces Death Comes to Pemberley, Jamaica Inn and The Great Train Robbery. Screen Yorkshire has invested in a total of 18 different projects over the past two years and the additional funding will enable it to continue supporting high-profile shoots.
Production in the UK has increasingly shifted north in recent years and the BBC and ITV both have bases in Salford near Manchester.
(Peaky Blinders photo: BBC)
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