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Production Fund

What is the North East Production Fund?

Supported by funding from the North East Screen Industry 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 Industry Partnership Production Fund Investment Panel.

The earliest we expect to be able to support productions is for those who plan to shoot post September/October 2023.

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:

For more information about the Sunderland Business Festival, visit:

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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.
Skills Cluster Evaluation Manager – Screen Alliance North
Role Skills Cluster Evaluation Manager (Screen Alliance North)
Salary £42,000 – £44,000 dependent on experience
Location Sunderland, Hartlepool, Manchester, Liverpool or Leeds
Reporting to Screen Alliance North partners
Closing Date Tuesday 13th June
Interviews N/A
Background To Post

Working with Screen Alliance North partners to:

  • Design effective evaluation tools and frameworks across a wide range of activities
  • Determine the most appropriate methods of data capture to track KPIs
  • Help to design and implement effective methods for participant tracking
  • Ensure consistent methods of data capture are in place across activities
  • Monitor top-level activity progress against the project schedule
  • Lead on producing quarterly progress reports for Skills Cluster activity
  • Use quantitative and qualitative Skills Cluster data to help tell a story
  • Liaise with external evaluators, where applicable
Who Are We Looking For?


  • Is genuinely enthusiastic about data, monitoring and evaluation
  • Understands the importance of data in making a business case
  • Knows how to bring data to life in presentations and reports
  • Takes a hands-on approach with a strong eye for detail
  • Has a demonstrable interest in film and wider screen sectors
  • Can communicate well with a range of private, public and community partners
  • Shares our values for inclusivity, wellbeing, and environmental sustainability
  • Is passionate about and committed to the development of the North of England.

Hours:  Full time (37 hours per week)
Location: Duties may be split between home and office, with a minimum of two office days per week. This post can be based at an office in either: Sunderland, Hartlepool, Manchester, Liverpool or Leeds, depending on the preference of successful applicant. Regular travel to external partners is also a key part of the role.
Contract: The initial contract for this role 3 years fixed term, with a possibility for renewal, dependent on funding.

How To Apply

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to by  Tuesday 13th of June 2023

Interview date and location is TBD. Please note, unfortunately we are unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

For enquiries, or if you need any support completing your application, please contact:

Equality and Diversity
As part of our remit to monitor and improve access to under-represented groups in the industry, we report to our funders on the diversity of applicants to our job roles. We would be grateful if you could complete the equality and diversity form after submitting your application.

Our Story

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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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