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We are hiring – come work for the North East Screen family!

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We are looking for two people to join us as Development Coordinator and Skills Coordinator and continue to develop and support the North East’s film and TV industry.

If you love film and TV, have solid admin skills, a creative eye and want to make an impact then the Development Coordinator role may be just right for you. You’ll be part of the Talent and Business Development team helping to support North East companies and talent to land opportunities and thrive.

There’ll be a number of administrative duties you’ll have to do and be first port of call for all development related enquiries, as well as assisting the wider team with events and content creation.

Apply now for the Development Coordinator role.

If you fancy helping people get work in film and TV and supporting them on their journey, then apply to be our Skills Coordinator? You will be part of the Film Office team, reporting to the Skills Manager.

Your role will see you support North East based crew and those looking to get into the industry, offering insights on work opportunities, and give our Crew Academy members support and advice that will lead to them landing that next role. You’ll also look after our Crew Academy database, ensuring it is up-to-date and explore ways to grow and maintain it.

Apply now for the Skills Coordinator role.

You have until Midnight, Sunday 8th October to apply.

North East Production Fund

What is the North East Production Fund?

Supported by funding from the North East Screen Industries Partnership, the North East Production Fund is a discretionary funding scheme, managed and delivered by North East Screen.

Open to both local and national companies, the fund aims to catalyse the sustainable growth of the region’s film and TV production sector by investing in a portfolio of distinctive, high-quality projects that will collectively contribute to the North East region increasing the on-screen visibility and actively contribute to employment of locally based crew, spend in region and improved equality, diversity and sustainability.

Please ensure you have read the guidelines prior to completing the EOI. Guidelines can be found here.

Please complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) here.

Please note that all EOI’s and full applications will be assessed by independent industry experts and funding decisions are made by the North East Screen Industries Partnership Production Fund Investment Panel.


New C5 cooking show launches, produced by regional based MCC Media

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Amazing young chefs show pop star how to cook in brand new kids TV series Cooking with the Gills.

MCC Media, the Sunderland-based TV production company has been travelling to all four corners of the UK to record some of the country’s budding young chefs in this new 25-part series.

The series follows popular presenter, farmer and JLS star JB Gill and his family as they reach out to talented young cooks from all over the UK to ask for help in how to prepare and cook a wide range of delicious recipes from around the world. The Gills [Dad JB, Mum Chloe, Ace (7) & Chiara (4)] cook along and then serve local families and friends from their rural pop-up kitchen & café. Together we learn the importance of where food comes from and how to cook it!

Each 12-minute episode showcases a young child (aged 6-9) demonstrating for The Gills how to cook their ‘Dish of the Day’ from their home kitchen, whilst JB and family cook along from their farm kitchen. From Thai Green Curry and Vegan Burgers, to Blueberry Cheesecake and Shakshuka, the kids take the lead on this cooking adventure.

Executive Producer Paul McCoy said;
“It’s amazing to see how passionate kids can be about cooking fresh food from scratch and it’s been a great opportunity to capture just a pinch of this.”

The project was made possible by the help and support from Channel 5’s preschool strand, Milkshake! and North East Screen who have been a great advocate from day one.

“We’re thrilled to be premiering Cooking with the Gills and welcoming JB and his family to Milkshake! this Saturday,” said Louise Bucknole, General Manager, Kids & Family UK & Ireland at Paramount.

“Cooking and learning about where ingredients come from is really popular amongst our viewers and this new commission aims to celebrate a diverse range of recipes from across the world, while encouraging children and their families to take a more active role in preparing and cooking simple and healthy meals together.”

Alison Gwynn Chief Executive North East Screen said;
“It’s great to support regional companies with Big Ideas which in turn helps the production community flourish within the region.  We are so excited to be involved and provide funding in MCC’s latest TV Project”.

David Kangas serves as Series Producer and Director for MCC Media. David Mordey is Head of Production. MCC Media are building on this success with many exciting new projects currently in development.

Notes for Editors

Broadcast dates and details

The series starts on the 8th of October at 9:40am and goes out every Saturday and Sunday on Milkshake! which is on Channel 5 until Christmas. Also available on catch up on My5.

MCC Media is an award winning Production Company based in the North East of England specialising in ambitious and entertaining children’s TV. Our creative team are fast gaining a reputation for ground breaking ideas and fresh, imaginative approaches to helping young audiences explore the world in different ways.

Channel 5’s Milkshake! is home to some of the world’s favourite pre-school characters. Channel 5 broadcasts 24 hours of children’s programmes every week and is the top-rated commercial block for 4-15 year old kids. Milkshake! features a range of stimulating, diverse and engaging programmes that include strong character-led animation, live action series, factual entertainment and presenter-led high-quality studio and musical content. Milkshake! is also available non-stop via on-demand service My5, Paramount +, a magazine and a touring Milkshake! Live theatre show.

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Industry leaders to discuss future of North East film and media

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Key figures in the film and media industry will be discussing the epic future of the North East’s film and media scene in Sunderland this month.

Fulwell73’s managing partner Leo Pearlman and UK CEO Johnny Moore will be giving a talk about the company’s future plans that will put Sunderland and the North East at the forefront of the UK’s film and media industry.

Fulwell73 has produced some of the most successful feature films and television programmes of the last decade and attendees will get an insight into how they made shows such as The Late Late Show With James Corden, Friends: The Reunion, Carpool Karaoke and Sunderland Til I Die.

This will be followed by a panel discussion where Leo and Johnny will joined by Alison Gwynn, Chief Executive of North East Screen; Peter McIntyre, executive director of city development at Sunderland City Council; Helen Munson, the BBC’s commissioning editor for daytime and early peak; and Graeme Thompson MBE, University of Sunderland Pro Vice-Chancellor.

Taking place as part of Sunderland Business Festival – a celebration of the dynamic businesses operating in Sunderland – the event will be held at the University of Sunderland’s Tom Cowie Lecture Theatre on Wednesday, October 12, 1pm – 3pm.

“I’m delighted to be taking part in Sunderland Business Festival again,” said Leo. “The North East is somewhere that is very close to my heart but is also a real hotbed of talent and creativity and I look forward to sharing some of our insight with attendees.”

The festival is being organised by Sunderland Business Partnership, a collective of organisations – large and small – all with an interest in the city’s development, creating opportunities for members to collaborate and grow, which in turn helps Sunderland to be a more dynamic destination for business.

Sunderland Business Festival is sponsored by Sunderland City Council, Sunderland AFC, the University of Sunderland and Portfolio North.

Tickets for the event are free but should be booked in advance here:

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North East Screen Careers

About Us

It’s an exciting time at North East Screen, we’re growing and have some amazing opportunities to develop the skills and talents of TV and film professionals across the region.
Development Producer
Role Development Producer
Salary Information provided upon application
Location North East
Reporting to FilmNation
Closing Date 17th of May 2024
Interviews 23rd and 24th of May
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FilmNation Entertainment is a leading independent entertainment company, focused on the production, financing, and distribution of premium content. Since being founded in 2008, the company has grown from its roots in independent film and established itself as a home for specialty storytelling with global appeal by focusing on a highly selective group of projects that emphasize both creative integrity and commercial appeal.

Who Are We Looking For?

FilmNation are looking for a dynamic, self-motivating person with experience in script editing and development to join them immediately as a key member of their team. Based in the North East of England, the candidate will need to have worked on TV or Film productions in a script development capacity. The role will include seeking out projects (original ideas and IP), nurturing new talent and working with more experienced writers to create TV projects that reflect stories and characters that come from the region. The candidate will have a strong passion for storytelling with a clear sense of what broadcasters are looking for.

Working directly to the Creative Director, FilmNation TV UK, the position will initially be a part-time (three days per week) role for 12 months and the candidate will be based in the region.

This role has been created in partnership with FilmNation TV UK, BBC and North East Screen.

Click here to view the full job description.

How To Apply

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Film Office Apprentice
Role Film Office Apprentice
Salary £15,600
Location Based in Sunderland with some time spent in our office in Hartlepool.
Reporting to Film Office Manager
Closing Date 26th of April
Interviews N/A
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Join us at North East Screen as our Film Office Apprentice and be at the heart of our mission to become of the UK’s leading film and TV production hubs. You’ll be part of our Film Office team who promote the region and work with film and TV productions encouraging them to use regional locations, crew and facilities.

Key tasks you’ll tackle as our Film Office Apprentice:

  • Be the go-to person for team enquiries, directing them to the right resources.
  • Assist with data entry on our online database for locations, crew and facilites.
  • Keep track of all communication and maintain accurate records.
  • Help organise team meetings and maintain detailed minutes.
  • Monitor production activity and gather data on economic impact.
  • Research and maintain our Movie Map of productions in the region.
  • Support the Film Office team with their work.
Who Are We Looking For?

Experience and skills you’ll bring:

  • Strong relationship-building skills.
  • Excellent organisational abilities to handle multiple tasks.
  • Familiarity with CRM and website management (CMS like WordPress) and social media.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy in all tasks.
  • Proficiency in MS Office tools (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint).
  • Experience with image editing software.
  • Knowledge of the local region is a plus.
How To Apply

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About Us

Formerly Northern Film + Media (NFM) we were founded in 2002.

As the regional screen agency for the North East and as a single unitary body we were essential in developing the opportunity afforded by the BBC partnership and other developing opportunities.

NFM has been the regional screen agency for the last 20 years and has an unparalleled understanding of and established relationships with the screen industry and the region’s production companies, broadcasters and regional, national, international sector partners.

We have survived the last decade in a challenging funding environment, delivering a base level of production service, skills and business support activity funded on a project-by-project basis while also lobbying on behalf of the sector in the region. We have championed the region and secured the BBC’s interest in working in partnership with the North East.

Our Tees Valley Screen project has funded training and professional development, open calls, advice surgeries and screen socials.

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