Tuesday, March 15, 2016

News: Screen Yorkshire to put £2.5m into production

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Screen Yorkshire, the organisation that champions the film, TV, games and digital industries in Yorkshire and the Humber, has announced that it is to invest £2.5m into production over the course of 2016.

Screen Yorkshire works to secure and support the very best projects, companies and individuals, helping to make Yorkshire and the Humber one of the most sought after destinations for production in the UK. As an investor it operates the £15m, ERDF-supported Yorkshire Content Fund.

Applications are now invited from projects looking for investment up to £500,000 and which can go into production in the next 12 – 18 months.

Screen Yorkshire has now made over 35 investments since it launched the Yorkshire Content Fund in 2012. The latest call for applications comes as the company marks one of its most prolific and successful years since it exited the screen agency network in 2011.

Filming took place in 2015 of the BBC TV adaptation of David Walliams' book, Billionaire Boy, with key locations including Wentworth Woodhouse and Oakwood High School in Rotherham.

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Wentworth Woodhouse, the largest privately-owned house in Europe, was previously seen on the BBC as a backdrop for one of the most ambitious TV dramas ever undertaken in the UK - Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (pictured). The magical drama was another investment from the Yorkshire Content Fund and was the largest scale production that Screen Yorkshire has ever invested in.

Sally Joynson, chief executive at Screen Yorkshire, said: "We are really excited to be making this announcement about our plans for 2016. It's a great time to be based in Yorkshire and the north of England and the announcement is a reflection of our ambition to grow production and the industry even further.

"The Yorkshire Content Fund has demonstrated its credentials as a major investment resource for film and TV production in the UK and a significant driver of activity for the Yorkshire and Humber region. We are very optimistic about the prospects for the forthcoming year."

Other recent investments include the feature adaptation of Dad's Army, which is one of its most successful investments to date, having grossed more than £8m at the UK & Ireland Box office. Currently in production and also backed by the fund are Paddy Considine's highly anticipated second feature, Journeyman and Channel 4's National Treasure, starring Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters. Forthcoming releases in 2016/17 which are supported by the YCF include Swallows & Amazons, ID2:Shadwell Army, The Railway Children, How To Talk To Girls At Parties, The Hunter's Prayer and Dark Angel.

Screen Yorkshire website

Images: BBC

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