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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.

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We work with indies, supply chain companies and above the line talent. 

We have a vast network of partnerships with key agencies, broadcasters and commissioners and can offer advice, guidance, funding and development initiatives. 

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Our North East companies
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Northern Child (Middle Child)

Northern Child are based in the creative community of Ouseburn, Newcastle with their sister company, Middlechild, being based in the vibrant Seven Dials area of Brighton.

They are a passionate team of creative professionals making factual television and documentary films for broadcasters around the world. They conceive, develop, produce and bring to air entertaining programmes for all kinds of audiences, and reveal remarkable stories about extraordinary people in innovative ways.
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Twenty Six 03

Twenty Six 03 is a Gateshead based production company with a London satellite office, originally founded by Duncan Gray in 2015.
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Fulwell 73

Fulwell 73 announced its arrival to the film world with the release of their debut feature, In the Hands of the Gods (Lionsgate). They have produced some of the most critically lauded and commercially successful feature films and television programs released over the last decade. These include; Sunderland ‘Til I Die (Netflix), The Class of 92 (Universal), One Direction 3D: This is Us (Sony/Columbia) and The Late Late Show With James Corden (CBS).
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Lonesome Pine Productions

Lonesome Pine is committed to telling stories that inspire and entertain audiences across all platforms. Whether it be drama, comedy, documentary or music, storytelling is at the heart of their work.
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Signpost Productions

Signpost Productions is an award-winning production company based in the North East of England. It is a production house like no other, with diversity in their DNA. Every commission comes with a commitment that the production crew will be as diverse as possible.

Signpost Productions is a production unit that is part of ITV, the UK’s biggest commercial broadcaster. They produce more than 1,500 hours of content every year for broadcasters, businesses, commercial brands and digital channels.
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Rivers Meet Productions

Rivers Meet Productions is a company based in the North East of England. Its director, Robson Green, has been involved in over 400 hours of primetime drama and over 300 hours of primetime factual series both in front and behind the lens.

Robson created Rivers Meet Productions in 2019 and has already produced award winning factual shows such as Robson Green’s Weekend Escapes for the BBC, along with Robson and Jim’s Fly Fishing Adventures for ITV. Rivers Meet Productions have been instrumental in creating an infrastructure in the North East where programmes with universal themes can be produced in the region.
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MCC Media

MCC Media is an award-winning film and TV production company based in Sunderland.

They are creatively driven and passionate about fresh, imaginative approaches to content creation.

They specialise in ambitious and entertaining programming with heart, meaning and purpose that informs and inspires young audiences.

They are huge advocates for the North East and are proud to live, work and produce their content here.
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Schnoobert Productions

Schnoobert Productions was founded by Jason Cook, stand up, actor, screenwriter and executive producer. The company is partnership-focused and was formed to give other North East writers, performers, producers, directors and other creatives an outlet.

They are developing drama and comedy ideas and creating passionate, authentic characters to tell relatable and compelling stories.
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FilmNova was established in 1988 by Olympic bronze medallist Sir Brendan Foster to operate as the television production arm of the Great Run Company. From those roots, grew a company that now leads the way in UK athletics coverage and has expanded into all areas of sport production and diverse, creative content.
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Honeybird Studios

Honeybird Studios is a new independent production company founded in 2023 and based in London and Newcastle upon Tyne.

Their mission is to create high-quality unscripted content to be enjoyed by audiences around the world: surprising, fun, noisy, stuffed full of talent and above all else, entertaining.
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Rock Paper Productions

Rock Paper Productions was founded by Cat Donohoe and Anoop Singh Kung to create documentary, entertainment and popular factual programs.

They aim to bring new stories and diverse voices to the forefront through strong narratives and innovative content.
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Wander Films are a female led, Forbes 30 under 30, multi-award winning content marketing agency and who want to place the company at the forefront of innovative content for TV, digital and social.

Wander first engaged with North East Screen in 2019 through the Tees Valley Screen Pilot Pact initiative, as part of a ‘Getting into businesses’ cohort. They received six months free access to global business insights from world class industry leaders. Since then they haven’t looked back, winning a coveted place on Pact Future 30 and the contract to produce the 10-year anniversary film and their first commission developments (NE Voices, BBC Three and Channel 4 digital).
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MOTIF is the result of two life-long dreams to create a production company built on three values: quality, creativity, and reliability.

They’ve got 20 years experience in producing films, creating animations, and making ideas a reality. They took all the love, care, and attention they have for what they do and created MOTIF.
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Candle & Bell

Candle & Bell is an award-winning film, television, podcast and video content production company.

The company was founded in 2013 and in 2023 they celebrated 10  years in business. In 2017, they were named one of the top 50 Emerging Creative Companies in England. They are recipients of BBC Small Indie Fund 2023 and 2024.
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Sea & Sky Pictures

Sea & Sky Pictures based in Hartlepool, is a small indie formed in 2020 by Adam Bouabda. The company has produced scripted comedy, BFI funded short films, online content for commercial clients and its first feature film.

They are developing and pitching several sitcoms and factual entertainment programmes to major broadcasters and streamers and have grown as an organisation thanks to recent funding.
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TryLife is an interactive drama series, designed by some of the best people from the creative, youth, education and health care industries in which the story is moulded and shaped by the user. The company was founded by Paul Irwin.

The series works when you pick a character, guide them through life and make the decisions. You live with the consequences. You Try Life.
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Bridge + Tunnel

Bridge + Tunnel is a BAFTA-nominated media production established in 1997 by award winning-director and producer Tina Gharavi, to support “unheard voices, untold stories”. The organisation is composed of  Bridge + Tunnel Productions and several independent ancillary companies who work together to make mainstream projects with a strong community, education and activist element at their core.
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Nova Mundi

Nova Mundi is a Teesside based production company with connections up and down the country and have a passion to get Northern voices heard and Northern creatives into work. Over the years, Nova Mundi directors, Marc de Launay and Daniel-John Williams, have worked with some of the best in the business. A small, dedicated team with years of experience behind them, working with and for many fantastic people and companies.

24/7 Pet Hospital – New series starting 6th February on BBC One

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Expect drama, emotion and plenty of heart-warming moments as we follow the work of a close knit pet hospital team who devote their lives to saving animals 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

With privileged access, viewers will bear witness to the staff’s highly specialised work as they tackle whatever comes their way in this new 10-part series.

Viewers will get to know the team from the Wear Referrals hospital in County Durham which, by day, is a specialist care unit treating animals with complex needs and conditions and by night transforms into an A&E unit responding to emergency cases from across the area.

The job always throws up surprises and staff can deal with anything from performing hip replacement surgery on tiny Shih Tzus and extracting corn on the cobs from boxer dogs to treating suspected kidney tumours on much-loved Labradors, wild owls injured by cars – and everything in between.

The series also follows the emotional pet owners who travel from far and wide with their beloved animals to get them life-saving care.

24/7 Pet Hospital has been produced for BBC One by Twenty Six 03, the Gateshead-based production company behind BBC Three series Angels of the North.

Commissioned by BBC Daytime and BBC England, this 10-part series starts on Monday 6 February at 10am.  

BBC invites North East locals to meet stars of upcoming 24/7 Pet Hospital series

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The BBC is inviting North East locals to meet the stars of its upcoming series 24/7 Pet Hospital – as well as bringing along their own furry friends – to a public event being held on Friday 3rd February.

Expect drama, emotion and plenty of heart-warming moments as viewers follow the work of Wear Referrals in County Durham as part of the 10-part series, whose close knit staff devote their lives to saving animals 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

It’s a specialist care unit treating animals with complex needs and conditions by day and by night it transforms into an A&E unit responding to emergency cases from across the area.

The job always throws up surprises and staff can deal with anything from performing hip replacement surgery on tiny Shih Tzus and extracting corn on the cobs from boxer dogs to treating suspected kidney tumours on much-loved Labradors, wild owls injured by cars – and everything in between.

As well as informative talks from the 24/7 Pet Hospital’s highly specialised staff, Sherpa the guide dog, Alfie the Shih Tzu and Nugget the Labrador who all make their TV debuts in the brand new BBC series, will be attending the public event at Hardwick Country Park in Stockton-on-Tees between 9am and 2pm.

Labrador and golden retriever cross Sherpa is a 10 year old guide dog for owner Denise who’s had him for eight years. Calm but sometimes mischievous, he found himself at the pet hospital when a lump removal wound wouldn’t heal.

Alfie is six years old and owners Christine and Glen have had him since he was eight weeks. He’s laidback, inquisitive and nothing phases him. Their local vet referred them to Wear when Alfie’s hip popped out of its socket whilst on a walk. Surgeon Maciej performed a hip replacement, which was the second major surgery he’d done on Alfie.

Labrador Nugget is seven years old and has lived with Walter, 87 all his life. He originally belonged to Walter’s daughter, who sadly passed away last year. Nugget loves walks and is a docile dog who will go up to others and say hello, even if he doesn’t get a very nice response! He found himself at Wear after scans showed abnormalities on one of his kidneys.

Helen Munson, BBC Daytime Commissioning Editor, said: “I can’t wait for our viewers to meet the staff and patients at the Pet Hospital. Get ready for some heart-warming telly as we look at the incredible expertise and loving care that goes into making our beloved pets well again.”

Antonia Hurford-Jones and Duncan Gray, Twenty Six 03 Executive Producers, said: “We’re excited to give people the chance to meet the Wear team and some of the stars of the show.”

24/7 Pet Hospital has been produced for BBC One by Twenty Six 03, the Gateshead-based production company behind BBC Three series Angels of the North.

Commissioned by BBC Daytime and BBC England, this 10-part series starts on Monday 6 February at 10am.  

The North East is declared Filming Friendly

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North East Screen, the regions screen agency, announces today that all 12 local authorities across the North East have signed up to their Filming Friendly Charter declaring the region officially Filming Friendly for TV and Film production. 

As production is increasing in the region, thanks to the investment and commitment of the BBC and the new North East Screen Industries Partnership (NESIP), the opportunity of attracting production companies to film in the region has never been greater.

The Charter, signed by the Chief Executive and Leader of each local authority and Chief Executive of North East Screen, Alison Gwynn, ensures each local authority works closely with North East Screen, assists productions through one point of contact and continues to align their processes and contacts to facilitate filming across all parts of the North East.

Gayle Woodruffe, Operations Director of North East Screen said;

“We’ve proved that big blockbusters such as Indiana Jones and Dungeons and Dragons are attracted to our region and in 2022 we had a record number of BBC programmes filming in the area but we want to see more – more feature films, more TV dramas, more documentaries, more returning series, more factual programmes.

We need to make sure the filming process is as efficient and straight forward as it can be so having the support and readiness of each local council to facilitate and understand the process will help us to achieve this.”

Katie Strachan, Film Office Manager at North East Screen said; 

“The economic benefits of production companies filming in our region can’t be underestimated. Productions are not only supported by our local authorities and local crew, but they also require a strong network of local businesses and facilities – from caterers to couriers, accommodation to security there are many services that can support the success of a production, and in turn benefit local business. By attracting more productions to the region, we not only want to grow the industry but encourage more businesses to support these productions and add value to our local economy.”

Gayle continued;

“We are delighted to be fully supported by the local authorities and combined authorities. We have the locations, the talent and the facilities and now this commitment will make us an even more attractive region to film in. ”


Sunderland announced as start point of the 12th Rickshaw Challenge for BBC Children in Need.

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Sunderland this year will be the starting point of the 12th Rickshaw Challenge for BBC Children in Need as local teenager joins the team alongside Matt Baker for special programme.

The return of the Rickshaw Challenge was announced earlier this week, and this morning (Saturday 8th October) the challenge’s Rickshaw Riders were announced live on BBC Breakfast.

Alexander Walker, 16 from Sunderland will be taking part in the Challenge which will start with him and Matt Baker at the Stadium of Light and will see them cycle a route through Sunderland and Durham.

This year, The Rickshaw Relay Rides Again (1×60), made by BBC Studios for BBC One, will see Matt Baker MBE and a team of five incredibly inspiring young people, all of whom have been supported by BBC Children in Need funded projects, take on a relay-style ride over five days. Each rider will take a section of the journey, travelling through their hometowns and visiting places across the UK which hold a particular significance for them along the way.

The Rickshaw Relay will take place between Monday 17th October and Friday 21st October and this year, in a first for the challenge, BBC Breakfast will be live with Matt Baker MBE and the team every morning from 6:00am where the public will be able to follow their journey. The challenge will then be broadcast in a documentary, The Rickshaw Relay Rides Again, on BBC One on Tuesday 15th November.

This one-off special, will not only share the team’s remarkable stories but also celebrate the history of this much-loved BBC Children in Need staple, while at the same time raising life-changing money for the charity, as part of its 2022 Appeal.

This year’s team is made up of:

Alexander Walker, 16 from Sunderland. Alexander was diagnosed with autism aged 2, which meant he often struggled to connect with others and for a few years he didn’t talk at all.  However life started to improve for Alexander and his family once he secured a place at an autism specific school. In time he also discovered two local charities Grace House and The Foundation of Light, both supported by BBC Children in Need. Attending the projects allowed him to make new friends, learn new skills, increase his independence, have fun and grow in confidence.  Grace House runs youth groups where Alexander has learnt lots of independent life skills and The Foundation of Light has enabled Alexander to get involved in sports sessions and to take part in volunteering.

Kai Frisby, 16 from Aberystwyth, Wales. Kai was born with Cerebral Palsy and has had limited mobility all his life.  Despite an operation at the age of 7 to help him walk, Kai is a full time wheelchair user.   When he discovered Aberystwyth Wheelchair Basketball, which is funded by BBC Children in Need to provide basketball sessions for disabled and non-disabled young people, he found a new passion and determination, as well new friends and his identity – his head coach says he was a natural.  He has since made the Commonwealth Games qualifiers and carried the baton in the relay.

Sanna Ahmad, 20 from Birmingham. All of Sanna’s life, she has lived with an inherited blood disorder, called Thalassemia. It means there’s less haemoglobin in her blood, which is needed to carry oxygen around the body.  Every four weeks Sanna spends a day in hospital having a blood transfusion, without this she’d become anaemic and extremely tired. Although not outwardly visible, Thalassemia impacts heavily on day to day life. As a child Sanna often found herself too tired to join in with activities or be able to fully participate in school life.  And until now, has never ridden a bike.

At 12 years old she was introduced to OSCAR Birmingham, a project supporting children with Thalassemia and Sickle Cell Anaemia and is funded by BBC Children in Need.  Here Sanna was able to meet others like her and get the support she needed.   Now aged 20, Sanna is still at OSCAR to mentor younger children, giving the same support back that she once received.  She has also become inspired to train as a child nurse.

Tabitha Tuckley, 17 from Northampton. Two years ago, Tabitha’s world turned upside down when she was diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian cancer – a type of cancer that usually affects older women and can obviously have lasting effects. For a 16 year old girl, who loved her fitness, this was utterly devastating.  With a tumour that weighed 2kg, she quickly underwent 7 hours of surgery, which was then followed by ongoing and intensive treatment which caused hair loss.  She was left weak, unmotivated and in pain but with her incredible attitude, support from family & close friends, as well as a charity called PASIC Cancer Support, she finished her final round of chemo in March 2021 and is now doing really well. PASIC Cancer Support receives funding from BBC Children in Need to provide support to families of children and young people living with cancer.

Quinlan Dunne, 18 from Warrington. Life seemed to stand still for Quinlan when he lost his 19 year old brother, River, in a tragic accident in 2016. River was one of the four members of the band Viola Beach, who all died, along with their manager, when their car came off a bridge in Sweden. It made headline news across the world but at home Quinlan and his family were left devastated and didn’t know where to turn. Thankfully they found Child Bereavement UK, who are funded by BBC Children in Need, who were able to offer counselling for children and young people who find themselves dealing with such unthinkable grief.

Matt Baker MBE, who has ridden alongside inspirational Rickshaw riders, all supported by BBC Children in Need, on the Rickshaw Challenge for the last 12 years, said: “I am so excited to get back on the road again. This is the highlight of my year and I can’t wait for you to meet this group of riders who all have their own inspiring stories to tell.

“We’d love to have your support on the road this year, but if you can’t make it please tune in and watch us on BBC Breakfast every morning, and when the documentary airs on 15th November. We know it’s a challenging year for everyone, but if you’re able to donate, it would be greatly appreciated and it will make a huge difference to the lives of children and young people all over the UK.”

In a special twist this year, a sixth day of the challenge will be held at Silverstone with members of the public invited to come and cycle alongside the rickshaw and clock up as many miles around the world famous racing track as possible to raise money for BBC Children in Need.

BBC Children in Need Content Director, Tommy Nagra, commented: “We want you to get on your bike and Pedal for Pudsey. We want you to get sponsored and get turning those wheels … whether you’re riding around your favourite spot or cycling to work, you could be on the open road or in your living room, you can help raise money that will make a life changing difference to children right across the UK. We’ve got everything you need to take on your own challenge, inspired by the Rickshaw Relay. Simply head to”

Viewers who would like to follow the Rickshaw Relay on its journey will be able to follow via BBC Breakfast every morning, on @BBCBreakfast and @BBCCiN on social media and via the tracker:


Notes to Editors

Routes – Start and end points

Day 1 – Monday 17th October – Sunderland to Durham
Day 2 – Tuesday 18th October – Warrington to Wrexham
Day 3 – Wednesday 19th October – Aberystwyth
Day 4 –
Thursday 20th October – Birmingham to Kenilworth
Day 5 –
Friday 21st October – Wellingborough to Silverstone

Quotes from the Rickshaw Riders:

Alexander: “I’m so excited to be a part of this year’s Rickshaw Relay team, and to be starting at my beloved Sunderland AFC is like a dream come true. I can’t wait to head out on the road alongside Matt Baker and see all of the challenge’s supporters from the north east coming out on the road. If you can’t make it then please tune in and watch when the documentary airs!”

Kai: “Being a part of this year’s Rickshaw Relay team is going to be really special. I’ve been supported by Aberystwyth Wheelchair Basketball, who have made such a huge difference to my life. I want to give something back and help raise money that will go on to benefit other young people, like me.”

Sanna: “The Rickshaw Relay is going to be a huge challenge for me, particularly as I’ve never ridden a bike before but it’s something that I can’t wait to take on and know that I’ll have the best support throughout the challenge from Matt Baker, and of course from all of my family and friends cheering on the roadside too. The money that we raise will benefit so many young people who are facing challenges in their lives, so if you are able to please donate.”

Tabitha: “Taking on this challenge is something that I never imagined I could do a couple of years ago, so I can’t wait to get out there on the road and smash it! I can’t wait to see people lining the route and showing their support, I really hope that we can raise some money that will go on to make a huge difference to other young people across the UK.”

Quinlan: “I’m really looking forward to taking part in the Rickshaw Relay! The BBC Children in Need funded Child Bereavement UK helped support me through one of the toughest moments in my life when I lost my brother, and that support was invaluable. I’m taking part in this challenge to give back and help other young people who are going through a tough time to get back on their feet.”

About BBC Children in Need

  • BBC Children in Need believe every child and young person deserves the opportunity to thrive and be the best they can be.
  • BBC Children in Need’s ambition is to create lasting, positive change across the UK for the children and young people who need it most. Together with the BBC and partners, BBC Children in Need aim to inspire the nation in support of their work.
  • BBC Children in Need’s 2,300 local charities and projects work tirelessly in every corner of the UK to help children & young people overcome the challenges they currently face, including supporting children & young people living in poverty, providing emergency support to families in crisis, providing comfort to children feeling sad, lost and alone, helping children overcome inequality and supporting children to feel safe and secure again

Find out more at
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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.

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:

BBC One commissions Emergency Vets (w/t) in County Durham

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BBC One Daytime and BBC England have co-commissioned a new series, Emergency Vets (w/t) for BBC One.

This series will be emotional and relatable to all animal lovers, and I’m excited to see what the audience makes of it.”

– Aisling O’Connor, Head of TV Commissioning, BBC England

This brand new, heartwarming series will be shot in and around a Veterinary Referral Hospital in Stockton-on-Tees, showcasing the vets, nurses and ancillary staff who provide care for their furry patients 24/7.

Covering both day and night shifts, the programme will allow viewers to get to know the close-knit team who devote their lives to saving animals, and meet the people that bring in their pets from as far as Inverness, Nottingham, Chester and Surrey to receive treatment from the Wear Referrals family.

On the day shift, specialist staff can deal with as many as 200 cases per week, while in the evening, the practice transforms into a 24/7 A&E unit, responding to as many as 70 cases per week.

Helen Munson, Commissioning Editor for BBC Daytime, says:

“I’m delighted to be working with Twenty Six 03, a North-East-based production company, on this new series, set in the North East, celebrating the amazing skill and dedication of the staff at a world class veterinary referrals centre. What a great way to showcase the talent in the region, oh and there will most certainly be some cute pets too!”

Aisling O’Connor, Head of TV Commissioning for BBC England, says:

“BBC England is growing, developing and expanding its scope to make sure we’re reflecting people in every corner of the country. This series will be emotional and relatable to all animal lovers, and I’m excited to see what the audience makes of it.

“BBC England already has a good working relationship with Twenty Six 03 and we look forward to expanding our work with them in the North East with this new series.”

Duncan Gray and Antonia Hurford-Jones, Executive Producers of Twentysix03, say:

“We’re really pleased to be adding Emergency Vets (w/t) to Twenty Six 03’s rapidly growing slate. We can’t wait to introduce viewers to the remarkable veterinary staff at specialist animal hospital Wear Referrals who quite literally work round the clock caring for the most in need animals from all over the UK.”

Emergency Vets is a 10×30’ series for BBC Daytime and BBC England, co-commissioned by Lindsay Bradbury, Acting Head of BBC Daytime, and Aisling O’Connor, Head of TV Commissioning for BBC England. It is produced by Twenty Six 03, a Gateshead based production company. It will be Executive Produced by Antonia Hurford-Jones and Duncan Gray for Twenty Six 03, Tony Parker for BBC England and Helen Munson for BBC Daytime.

Emergency Vets (w/t) is the latest commission to be announced as part of the partnership between the BBC and North East Screen (formally Northern Film and Media). The successful partnership continues to support the screen industry in the North East, to help build business in the region and to ensure that the North East is better represented to audiences across the UK and internationally.

North East Screen declares the region ‘open for business’

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Following industry investment of at least £37 million, North East Screen (formerly Northern Film + Media) launches its new name, brand and programme of events at an event in Sunderland today.

The agency is now gearing up to meet the challenge of increasing activity by creating new partnerships, rebranding their successful business model, and creating vibrant industry sector communities. This will enhance and develop the skills that make the North East the place to create excellence in the world of TV and film.

Tom Gutteridge, North East Screen Chairman explains;
“In the last decade despite a challenging funding environment Northern Film + Media has continued to deliver a production service and business support while also lobbying on behalf of the sector in the region.”

Alison Gwynn, North East Screen Chief Executive continues
“With a new name and ambition for growing the sector, real investment and broadcaster partners, we are strongly putting the message out that the North East is open for business.
We have the skills, the passion and the knowledge, not to mention the incredible locations. By increasing our networks and connecting people, skills and companies we want to provide a pathway for regional talent, to encourage companies to set up in the beautiful North East and to say to any native North Easterners working in the industry elsewhere in the UK to come back home!

“The unique partnership created last year by the BBC with all 12 local authorities and three combined authorities across the North East region will help us achieve our vision. We will be delivering a programme of events and skills activity to provide a pathway for students, to attract visiting productions, to keep industry talent in the region and increase the visibility of the region nationally and internationally. By working together we hope to strengthen our position to attract the very best of TV and Film production and talent.”

The BBC is making its biggest investment in the North East for decades as part of a new partnership with the region, and as part of a wider strategy to move significant creative spend and decision-making across the UK.

The BBC has promised to spend at least £25m over the next five years right across the North East to fund network TV production, talent development and support for the creative sector.

It’s part of a deal with local authorities in the North East, who will work with the BBC, and with independent producers, to invest in talent, skills, and infrastructure to support the production industry in the region.

The North East Screen Industries Partnership (NESIP) was created by the partnership to level up the regional film and TV industries by increasing its share of the UK production market and delivering an estimated ­­annual economic impact of around £88m to the regional economy.

NESIP will invest £11.4m over five years to deliver a new Screen Industries Development Programme. The programme will develop, attract, and retain talent in the sector as well as providing good quality, well paid jobs within the industry. As part of the scheme, North East Screen will create even more opportunities to develop the skills that the sector needs to not only survive but thrive. The programme will be delivered through North East Screen’s Crew Academy, Production Service, and the North East Comedy Hot House. 

A statement from the leaders and elected mayors of the authorities in the partnership
“North East Screen are central to delivering the new North East Screen Industries Development Programme and we are delighted to be working together as a region to support them. We want to strengthen the regional creative sector and increase the visibility of our region and it’s communities on screen. We look forward to the growth of the sector and welcoming more jobs and opportunities for people of the North East in film and TV.”

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said;
“The North East’s TV and Film production industry holds the potential to create good-quality well paid jobs at every level of production. Now is the time to be proactive so that we can develop, attract and retain local talent in the sector.

The BBC has already announced that there will be at least six new commissions filming in the North East as a result of its commitment to the region.

It includes a new documentary series with James Arthur for BBC Three that has been filmed in his home town of Middlesbrough and Scarlett’s Driving School for BBC One, which will also be filmed in Teesside.

The BBC also hosted the BBC Comedy Festival in Newcastle last month, now has a commissioner permanently based in the region, and is providing trainee opportunities within productions in the region.

This partnership with the region is part of the BBC’s commitment to do more across the UK by moving departments, commissioning power, and resources out of London.

Thomas Wrathmell, Director of the BBC’s Across the UK Strategy, says:
“The response since making the huge commitment last year has been incredible and showcases the appetite for making this region a significant centre for the creative industries.

“We’re already delivering on our promise, with six new commissions in the area, investment in skills, production companies and trainee production placements on shows being filmed in the North East and hosting the BBC Comedy Festival in Newcastle last month. We are delighted to see others from across the creative sector investing across the North East and look forward to working together to power the sustainable growth of the sector.”

Alison Gwynn added;
“With our new partnerships and regional investment, we are launching new training schemes, work shadowing opportunities and will continue to provide key links to the industry for locations job opportunities within every part of our region. North East Screen is a one stop shop for the sector and there has never been a more exciting time to work in the TV and movie industry in the North East.”


Notes to Editors
North East Screen Industries Partnership
was formed by Combined and Local Authorities from across the region to level up the regional film and TV industries by more than doubling its 2019 share of the UK production market and delivering an annual economic impact to the regional economy of £88m. 

It includes Tees Valley Combined Authority, (representing the five authorities of Hartlepool Borough Council, Stockton-On-Tees Borough Council, Middlesbrough Council, Darlington Borough Council and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council), the North of Tyne Combined Authority (representing its three partner authorities Northumberland County Council, North Tyneside Council and Newcastle City Council) and the North East Combined Authority authorities of Durham County Council, Gateshead Council, Sunderland City Council and South Tyneside Council.

Partnership with the BBC, Following the publication of the BBC Across the UK strategy the partnership signed an MOU with the BBC in September 2021, making commitments that:

  • The BBC will spend a minimum of £25m on production and skills development in the North East over the next five years.
  • NESIP will jointly invest £11.4m over the same five-year period to deliver a new Screen Industries Development Programme maximising opportunities for significant growth within the screen industries sector and developing a thriving and sustainable ecosystem.