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Yorkshire Content Fund doubles in size for film, television, games and digital content production in Yorkshire

Major investments recently in Yorkshire include multi platform paranormal feature film Residue, primetime TV dramas Death Comes to Pemberley and The Great Train Robbery, and feature films ’71, Bill & Get Santa

Screen Yorkshire is actively seeking new games & digital projects

28 th January 2014.  Screen Yorkshire has secured a further £7.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to invest in Yorkshire-based film, television, games and digital content through the Yorkshire Content Fund. This additional money is available with immediate effect and will be invested in projects that start by the end of 2015. Screen Yorkshire is in discussion with a number of games and digital companies on new projects and is actively seeking new projects and co-investors in this domain.

The Yorkshire Content Fund is the biggest regional investment fund for production in the UK and is open to content producers working in film, TV, games and digital based in Yorkshire or from outside but looking to establish a base in the region thus stimulating local production levels.

In addition to the overall increase in the size of the fund, Screen Yorkshire will also consider applications seeking higher investments than previously in a bid to attract bigger projects to the region, and as part of a wider strategy to further boost the region’s media industries, and create hundreds of new jobs and training opportunities. Private investment to match fund the ERDF money is secured on a project by project basis.

Boosting the fund also underlines the success of the region and Screen Yorkshire in creating conditions which have led to an unprecedented surge in production in the region.

Since the launch of its Yorkshire Content Fund nearly two years ago, Screen Yorkshire has invested nearly £7 million in 18 projects, including multi-platform feature film Residue, directed by Alex Garcia Lopez (Misfits and Utopia) critically acclaimed TV dramas Peaky Blinders created by Steven Knight and starring Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill, The Great Train Robbery from writer Chris Chibnall, starring Luke Evans and Jim Broadbent, and Death Comes to Pemberley, written by Juliette Towhidi based on PD James’ best-selling novel, directed by Daniel Percival and starring Matthew Rhys and Anna Maxwell Martin . Other TV investments include Jamaica Inn directed by Philippa Lowthorpe, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell written by Peter Harkness based on Susannah Clarke’s novel, and directed by Toby Haynes, and Hank Zipzer   based on the books by, and starring, Henry (the Fonz) Winkler.

Feature films in which the fund has invested include ’71 directed by Yann Demange, written by Gregory Burke and starring Jack O’Connell, selected for Official Competition at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, Catch Me Daddy directed by Daniel Wolfe, X Plus Y directed by Morgan Matthews and written by James Graham, and Girls’ Night Out to be directed by Julian Jarrold .

Sally Joynson, Chief Executive of Screen Yorkshire, said: “This additional investment of £7.5 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 film, games TV and digital content production across the UK. The Yorkshire Content Fund is 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.”

John Surtees, Chair of Screen Yorkshire, said: “Screen Yorkshire’s work with local talent and businesses over the last decade has helped create skilled and creative local resources which can now work on major productions. But it is the Yorkshire Content Fund which is now enabling the region to participate in production in a way that is generating real growth and sustainability.”

The additional £7.5 million from the ERDF will be matched by private sector investors on a project-by-project basis.

The Yorkshire Content Fund supports the growth of the screen industries in the region. It is managed by Screen Yorkshire and invests in content creation by Yorkshire-based companies as well as being used to attract productions looking to establish a base and film within the region. No public funding is used for the fund’s overheads and investments are made on market rate commercial terms. Investment returns will produce a legacy fund to support content production in Yorkshire for many years to come.


For further information contact:

Rachel McWatt

Communications Manager

Screen Yorkshire

Mob: 07949 666275


Notes to Editors:

1.    Screen Yorkshire invests in production and people within TV, film, video games and the digital sectors in Yorkshire and Humber. Screen Yorkshire invests in content production through the Yorkshire Content Fund which is the largest fund of its kind in the UK and is supported financially by the European Union. It has attracted £7.5m from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme 2007-13. Screen Yorkshire invests in people through a number of skills and development schemes to support the best of Yorkshire’s new creative talent.

2.            The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme in Yorkshire and The Humber which runs from 2007 to 2013. This is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development.

Yorkshire and The Humber’s European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007-13 has been allocated around £508 million to invest by 2013 and is focusing on:

1.    Promoting Research, Development and Innovation

2.    Stimulating and Supporting Successful Enterprise

3.    Sustainable Communities

4.    Economic Infrastructure (South Yorkshire only)

Information about the European Regional Development Fund, the Programme in Yorkshire and The Humber is available at www.gov.uk/browse/business/funding-debt/european-regional-development-funding


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