£15m fund for Yorkshire games and film creators

£15m fund for Yorkshire games and film creators

By Rob Crossley

February 6th 2012 at 10:36AM

It is hoped investment will attract jobs and contracts across the district

A new £15 million cash pool for TV, film and games production has been announced by Yorkshire’s regional screen agency.

Screen Yorkshire, which will manage the investment operation, said the funds should support professional enterprises across the Yorkshire and Humber region.

About £7.5 million is provided through a European Union initiative. As this money is divided out across projects, a group of unnamed private companies have pledged to match each individual investment.

The long-term aim is to have Yorkshire’s digital creative companies attract talent and contracts from within the UK and overseas.

“The Yorkshire Content Fund marks a new era for the region’s creative businesses and for Screen Yorkshire as an organization,” said Screen Yorkshire CEO Sally Joynson.

“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 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.”