Multimillion Pound Boost to Film and TV Industry Already Reaping Rewards

Business & Invest | Published on: 1st November 2022

A multimillion-pound partnership to boost the Tees Valley’s TV and film industry is already reaping rewards with a string of programmes being made in our region.

The Tees Valley Mayor and Tees Valley Combined Authority provided backing by supporting the £11.4million North East Screen Industries Partnership (NESIP) with a £4.5million investment earlier this year.

Businesses are also benefiting from the BBC’s huge commitment to invest £25million in the region to help fund TV production and talent development across the region’s creative sectors.

No fewer than 14 projects have been shot in the Tees Valley in recent months.

They include:

  • Adagio for the Sea – Short film
  • Northern Justice
  • Robson Green’s Weekends
  • Vera series 12
  • The Trap – Feature film
  • Tencel Clothing – Photoshoot
  • Upgraded – Feature film
  • Scarlett’s Driving School
  • BBC New Comedy Awards
  • Ambulance
  • My Home Town – James Arthur Documentary

Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen said: “We have a bedrock of talent in Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool – and films and TV programmes brilliantly showcase our region to the world.

“The BBC’s pledge to get behind the North East is really paying off. The sheer number of projects and programmes being made on our doorstep just goes to show our £11.4million top-up is doing its job.

“We’re becoming a magnet for filmmakers and directors – and the boost the sector has seen will mean more investment, more jobs, and will mean more local talent stays here.”

Ties were brought closer between NESIP and the BBC last year when a long-term partnership was signed to bring about a renaissance in the North East’s screen industries.

Regional agency North East Screen and the NESIP partnership are also working closely with the BBC to bring more filming to the Tees Valley area.

Alison Gwynn, Chief Executive of North East Screen, said: “All of these productions have provided employment opportunities for film and TV crews based in the Tees Valley through North East Screen’s Production Service.

“The service has enabled productions coming to the region to find the experienced crew they need quickly and easily, ensuring a smooth and positive experience shooting in our region, continuing to build the reputation of the North East as a terrific place to base a production.

“There are more exciting projects in development and we will continue to work with productions to encourage as much filming in the region as we can.”

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