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Production Fund

We are delighted to be launching our multimillion pound North East Production Fund soon. Full guidelines will be available in February 2023 and applications will be open in Spring 2023.

The fund will encompass both scripted and unscripted film and TV content and will look to support a mix of both indigenous production and inward investment in order to best grow the sector in the North East.

We expect to be the last money into high quality and commercial projects which attract a national and/or international audience.

A significant part of the production spend must be deployed in the North East, it must employ people from within the North East region across roles and grades and there must be a regional trainee skills/upskilling element to the project.

This fund will not support the development of productions.

To register your interest in the North East Production Fund please send an email to NEPF@northeastscreen.org

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: https://bit.ly/3dH2dQZ

For more information about the Sunderland Business Festival, visit: https://sbfestival.co.uk/

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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.
Business Development Coordinator
Role Business Development Coordinator
Salary £24,500
Location Based in Sunderland with some time spent in our office in Hartlepool.
Reporting to Talent and Business Development Manager
Closing Date 18th of December
Interviews 10th of January
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Do you want to help create a sustainable and thriving North East screen industry where exceptional talent can live, create and work?

Join us as part of the Talent and Business Development team to deliver a programme of activities to aid emerging and established film and TV professionals. In this role you will be the first point of contact for all enquiries on next steps as well as being responsible for the logging and tracking applications to keep tabs on upcoming talent and businesses. This role is full time and based in our offices in Sunderland and Hartlepool

Who Are We Looking For?

We are looking for someone with experience in recording and interrogating qualitive and quantitative data provided from different sources and a knowledge of how to support business development. You should have a good knowledge of film and TV, excellent communication skills and the ability to build relationships with people at all levels.

How To Apply

To apply please send a CV and cover letter aligning your skills and experience to those in the Job Description to work@northeastscreen.org by midnight on Sunday the 18th December. We also require you to complete our EDI form. Interviews will be held on 10th January 2023.

Skills Manager
Role Skills Manager
Salary £32,000
Location Sunderland and Hartlepool.
Reporting to Operations Director
Closing Date 18th of December
Interviews January 2023
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It’s a really exciting time for the film and TV industry in the north east. With the BBC’s commitment to invest £25 million over the next 5 years aligning to all our north east combined and local authorities working together to support the industry there has never been a better time to break into the industry – or to progress. The role will be part of our Management Team here at North East Screen. It will be fundamental in transforming the region into a place where ‘exceptional regional talent can live, create and work’.  You will be responsible for developing and delivering our skills development strategy at all levels. From those considering a career in the industry, through those looking to take their first steps to those looking to step up and step across you will be there to support them.

Who Are We Looking For?

We are looking for someone with a commitment and expertise in supporting professional development. With a background in the film and TV industry you will thrive on supporting people to realise their career ambition. You will understand the challenge around increasing representation and inclusion in the workforce. You will inspire a new generation to consider the screen industry as their future whilst supporting existing crew in realising their ambitions and encouraging those who have left the region that it’s time to come home.

How To Apply

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter aligning your skills and experience to those in the Job Description to work@northeastscreen.org by midnight on Sunday 18th of December. We also require you to complete our EDI form. Interviews will be held on Wednesday the 4th of January.

Film Office Coordinator (Locations)
Role Film Office Coordinator (Locations)
Salary £24,500
Location Sunderland and Hartlepool
Reporting to Production Service Manager
Closing Date 16th of November
Interviews 28th of November
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We work with film and TV productions considering the north east as a base for their productions and we have a space in our Film Office team for someone with an eye for the perfect location! You will be responsible for our growing and managing our location database. You will also be involved in working to attract productions to the region and to support them with information about locations, crew, facilities and local information while they are in the north east. No two days are the same, you may be recceing with a production company, photographing locations, dealing with production enquiries, or involved in desk research.

Who Are We Looking For?

We are looking for a car owner/driver with a keen eye for a good location. Someone who can dissect a location, so it’s easily found on our database. A background in film and TV is an advantage, but not essential. You will have good time management and organisational skills with experience in reporting and statistics.

How To Apply

To apply please send a CV and cover letter aligning your skills and experience to those in the Job Description to work@northeastscreen.org by midnight on Wednesday 16th November. We also require you to complete our EDI form. Interviews will be held on 28th November 2022.

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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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