Published On: Wed, Jan 29th, 2014 on 6:30 pm

A major boost for media production in the region

Peaky Blinders

The famous Peaky Blinders television show was filmed in Yorkshire

Screen Yorkshire has secured £7.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to invest in further Yorkshire-based film, television and digital content through its Yorkshire Content Fund.

The fund is the biggest regional investment fund for production in the UK and is open to content producers based in Yorkshire or from outside who are looking to establish a base in the region helping boost local production levels.

Sally Joynson, Chief Executive of Screen Yorkshire, said: “Over the past two years we have been able to work with established and emerging UK producers from across the UK as well as those based in Yorkshire to make 18 film and television productions in the region generating work and training opportunities as well as boosting spend within the local economy.

“By increasing the level we’re prepared to invest in key projects, we are also now aiming to work with bigger productions which can further grow and create opportunities for Yorkshire.”

Since the launch of its Yorkshire Content Fund nearly two years ago, Screen Yorkshire has invested nearly £7 million in 18 projects, including critically acclaimed TV dramas Peaky Blinders created by Steven Knight and starring Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill, as well as The Great Train Robbery written by Chris Chibnall, starring Luke Evans and Jim Broadbent.

Screen Yorkshire will now consider applications seeking higher production investments than previously – in excess of £1 million on a single film or TV series – in a bid to attract large projects to the region.

It also plays a role in the strategy to further boost Yorkshire’s media industries, and create hundreds of new jobs and training opportunities in the process.

The pot of money will be invested in projects that start by the end of 2015.

About the Author

Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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