Tees Screen Launched to Support Film and TV Sector
An exciting new creative industries development programme has been kick-started with backing from the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority, in partnership with top agency Northern Film + Media.
Tees Valley Screen has been established to provide support to individuals and businesses in the region who work, or are looking to enhance their work, within film, television and moving imagery. Regular networking events, training, and access to industry experts will be held as part of the scheme, providing opportunities for funding.
The initiative is being run from Hartlepool’s new BIS centre and the launch was attended by Cllr Shane Moore, Combined Authority Cabinet Lead for Culture and Tourism. The BIS, the £3million Grade II Listed former Post Office building in Whitby Street, forms part of the wider Innovation and Skills Quarter (ISQ) project that aims to revitalise Church Street and develop a thriving creative industries quarter.
The region has recently played starring roles in a number of film and television productions such as Vera, Victoria and Inspector George Gently, and has featured in Hollywood blockbusters such as Atonement.
The British Film Institute (BFI) estimates that the film industry contributed £6.1billion to UK GDP in 2016, an increase of 20% from the previous year. Tees Valley continues to promote itself as a filming-friendly, welcoming and adaptable place to base productions.