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The North East’s much loved Vera to end after season 14

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ITV has today announced that much loved North East drama series, Vera, will come to an end after its next season (14).

Despite the sad news today that this will be the final season of the much-loved Vera series, North East Screen is keen to celebrate what the team at Silverprint and ITV has accomplished across its 13 seasons, soon to be 14. From award nominations to ratings successes both in the UK and abroad; Vera has been an integral part of the growth of the screen industries in the North East. The impact the series has had not just on the North East screen sector, but on our region as a whole, is a true testament to everyone working on the show and at ITV to bring Ann Cleeve’s story of DCI Vera Stanhope to life.

Vera will bow out at a time when production has tripled in the region with 12 productions already confirmed to be filming in 2024 and the North East Production Fund setting its sights firmly on attracting a high-end returning drama series. North East Screen’s Film Office is currently supporting the production team at Silverprint with their production needs as they begin to film season 14. We are sure this final season will be another incredible hit with viewers across the globe.

Northern Child’s latest commission starring Jordan North to air Wednesday 20th March

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Jordan North: The Truth About Vaping, a production from Newcastle based production company Northern Child, will air on BBC Three at 9pm on Wednesday the 20th of March.

As the UK Government moves to ban disposable vapes, Jordan North sets out to uncover the truth about vaping, and decide if it’s time he packed it in. 

Along his journey, Jordan meets young vapers similarly confused about the impact of vaping on their health. He visits his old university in Sunderland to find out how vapes work, joins Newcastle Trading Standards as they conduct raids on shops selling illegal vapes, and heads to Manchester to meet the scientist behind one of the first long term studies into the impact of vapes on our cardiovascular system.

The documentary will be repeated on Monday 25th March, 8:30pm on BBC One.

Jordan North will also be on The One Show on Wednesday to promote the documentary.

This is another fantastic commissioning win from Northern Child who, since opening their base in the region two years ago, have gone from strength to strength. Northern Child is the sister company to Middle Child who have been creating content for all the major British broadcasters as well as global platform for fifteen years.

Middlechild also have recently delivered The Tube:Keep London Moving! to Channel 5 which airs Sunday 24th March at 8pm. Though this was made under the Brighton based Middlechild, the four-part series was fully produced by our very own Katie Elliot – a North East Producer at Northern Child.

Watch the trailer below

BBC commission new documentary from Newcastle-based indie Northern Child starring Jordan North

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North East indie, Northern Child has won a BBC Three commission for a documentary to be filmed in Newcastle, featuring BBC Radio 1 presenter Jordan North.

What’s Really in Your Vape? (w/t) will see Jordan North front his first documentary as he explores the truth behind the UK’s vaping phenomenon.

The number of young people vaping has skyrocketed in recent years. Annual sales in the UK are now worth more than £1.3 billion.

But do we really know what’s inside these vapes? What are they made of, how are they made, and where? What chemicals go into the liquid? How much nicotine’s really in them? Which ones are sold legally, which ones aren’t?

As someone who uses vapes himself, Jordan North seeks answers to all of these questions. As well as meeting scientists performing cutting edge testing on vapes, and researchers looking at the possible long term effects of vaping, Jordan investigates the problem with illegal vapes in the UK. How big is the market? Where are they coming from? Who’s selling them? And just how dangerous might they be?

Jordan North says: “I’m really excited to be back on BBC Three, I’ve always wanted to make a documentary and I’m really interested in this subject, as a vaper myself I’m desperate to know what’s inside my vape!”

Andrew Eastel, Executive Producer says: “Vaping has become incredibly popular in the UK. Not just with those trying to quit smoking, and especially amongst younger people. So, it’s more important than ever for us to have a better understanding of what’s actually inside a vape; how they are made and where they come from, the types or brands of vapes that may pose a risk, and whether there could be longer term implications for the health of people who vape? Jordan is the ideal person to help us answer these questions. He’s naturally inquisitive and open-minded – without being preachy – and as someone who vapes himself, he has a vested interest in getting to the truth.”

Nasfim Haque, Head of Content of BBC Three says: “Jordan is the perfect guide for this fascinating and insightful new documentary as he takes a deep dive into the rapidly expanding phenomenon of vaping and showcases his findings to viewers on BBC Three and iPlayer.”

What’s Really in Your Vape? will be broadcast on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer in early 2024.

What’s Really in Your Vape? (1 x 30) is a Northern Child Production for BBC Three and BBC iPlayer produced from Newcastle. The Executive Producer is Andrew Eastel, the Producer is Katie Elliott and the programme will be Directed by Simon Rawles. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Mark Harrison for Current Affairs.

Tull Stories nominated for ‘Best Documentary Campaign’ at Big Screen Awards

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Tull Stories, a film distribution and exhibition agency based in Newcastle upon Tyne, is part of a collective nominated for a prestigious ‘Best Documentary Campaign’ award at the Screen International Big Screen Awards.

Tull Stories is nominated as part of a collective including Met Film Distribution, along with film publicist Zoe Flower and production company Labor Of Love Films for the release of A Bunch Of Amateurs

Jonny Tull, who set up Tull Stories in 2017 after almost 30 years of frontline experience in the North East film sector said,

“Being part of a collective nominated for an award is a very surprising and lovely thing. Tull Stories worked with Met Film Distribution to book the documentary film A Bunch Of Amateurs (2022) into over 120 UK cinemas. To be asked to work with Met Film Distribution was a real watershed moment last year and allowed me to combine my admiration for regional film clubs, my experience of archive film, my love of the North and these ‘outsiders’ of filmmaking in one project. It connected with me deeply”.

This nomination comes within a year of incredible firsts for Jonny. Working with Met Film Distribution and Doc Society, undertaking a major BFI data analysis role as an associate with Indigo Ltd, having a Tull Stories release nominated for a BAFTA, and attending Sheffield DocFest, Toronto International Film Festival and Film London’s Distributor Slate Days as a newly formed distribution company are just some of the outstanding achievements from this year.

“To cap this year off with an awards event, and a prestigious one too, gives me real pause for thought about how lucky I am, how exciting this work is and how energised I am about it all. Imagine if we win!”

Lisa Laws, Talent and Business Development Director at North East Screen said,

“We are thrilled to see Jonny nominated for a prestigious national award for such great work on such a brilliant film.

“Our REACH funding supported Tull Stories to attend Toronto Film Festival and Slate Days, which has already yielded great results: meeting international sales agents, pitching for, and winning contracts and bookings, as well as profile raising. At Slate Days Jonny and Jens Meurer (director of Seaside Special) were even cheered on and off stage!”

2024 is set to be a transformational year for Tull Stories with Jonny commenting on what is to come,

“2024 will see Tull Stories grow and employ new staff in the North East. It’s fundamental that we operate and thrive in our region. The screen sector is on a path of growth, and distribution and audience engagement is a key part of that. We’re even expanding into new areas of film and TV, as well as distribution we now work with production companies, and are helping the company, Park the Bus, to develop their slate for film or TV and to build key partnerships.” 

Forthcoming Tull Stories releases include Jeanie Finlay’s new documentary ‘Your Fat Friend’ and Hilmar Oddsson’s Icelandic comedy-drama ‘Driving Mum’.

Two Newcastle based indies receive discretionary awards from Channel 4

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Schnoobert Productions and Rock Paper Productions have been selected alongside four other indies in the nations and regions to receive a discretionary award as part of the Channel 4 Emerging Indie Fund.

They will gain access to 4Producers’ networking events, development workshops and funds to help towards the development of programme ideas. They will also benefit from regular access to Head of Indie Relations, Rebecca Thompson.

When announcing the recipients of the awards, Rebecca Thompson, Channel 4’s Head of Indie Relations, said: “This is a difficult time for indies, particularly small indies based in the Nations and Regions, so we are delighted to be able to support these companies to make them more robust and also help them shape their ideas to put them in the best possible position to win commissions.”

Discretionary awards were also made to: Blair Black (Belfast); Catman Media Ltd (Belfast); Lunar Lander (Sheffield); and Rock Films (Birmingham.

Launched in 2020, the Emerging Indie Fund has been specifically developed to help nurture up and coming indies, widen their networks and relationships and help them move on to the next level of their development. The fund’s focus is to support indies based in the Nations and Regions.

We Are Newcastle United Launches Weekly on Prime Video From Friday 11th August

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Prime Video today released the official trailer for the highly anticipated UK Original documentary series We Are Newcastle United, which will launch exclusively on Prime Video in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics, with the first episode airing on Friday 11th August. We Are Newcastle United is the latest addition to the Prime membership.

New episodes in the four-part docuseries will launch each week through to Friday 1st September and tell the inside-story of Newcastle’s expectation-defying 2022/23 season which culminated in qualification for the UEFA Champions League. The full episode release schedule is as follows:

·       Episode 1: Friday 11th August

·       Episode 2: Friday 18th August

·       Episode 3: Friday 25th August

·       Episode 4: Friday 1st September

Narrated by Newcastle United’s all-time leading goalscorer Alan Shearer, the series will offer a unique insight into the club’s ongoing evolution under head coach Eddie Howe, offering exclusive access to the club’s decision makers and following the Magpies’ ongoing 2022/23 season from close quarters. With Eddie Howe’s squad chasing European qualification in the league after reaching their first cup final for 24 years, the series will explore how the decisions made by the club off the pitch impact their fortunes on it.

The series will also delve into Newcastle United’s storied history at the heart of one of the world’s great football cities and will explore the club’s unique bond with its passionate supporters as they follow their team in a season that has already defied expectations.

We Are Newcastle United is produced by Lorton Entertainment and 72 Films, a Fremantle company, executive produced by Clare Cameron and three-time BAFTA winner John Douglas.

The series follows the global success of All or Nothing: Arsenal, All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur and All or Nothing: Manchester City and joins Prime Video’s growing line-up of sports content which includes documentaries such as Rooney, The Pogmentary, Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In, Take Us Home: Leeds United, Inside Borussia Dortmund, When Eagles Dare, Andy Murray: Resurfacing and The Test. Prime Video also offers a wide selection of live sport for Prime members globally, including Premier League football in the UK, US Open, ATP and WTA Tour tennis in the UK and Ireland, Ligue 1 football and Roland-Garros tennis in France, UEFA Champions League football in Germany and Italy, Thursday Night Football in the United States, New Zealand Cricket in India and more.

The production team behind this series were assisted by North East Screen’s Film Office.

Watch the trailer below.

Creative Cities Convention returns for its fifth year as network production outside London reaches new heights.

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The Creative Cities Convention is unveiling what could be its strongest schedule yet as speakers from across the film and TV landscape prepare to discuss the record-breaking growth of the screen sector across the UK.

The convention’s stakeholders are the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5/Paramount and Pact, all of whom have been partners since the event was founded in 2018 as a platform for the many thousands of people who now work in the rapidly growing screen sector outside London.

The CCC visits a different UK creative city each year and this time it’s the turn of Newcastle, where the production sector is flourishing across the wider North East of England, reflecting major infrastructure investment and increased network commissions in places such as Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Gateshead and Durham. These areas have joined forces to create the North East Screen Industries Partnership under the auspices of North East Screen.

Alison Gwynn, Chief Executive at North East Screen, said: ‘We’re at a pivotal time in the growth of the screen industry in the North East so there couldn’t be a better time for CCC to be welcomed to the region. The team have secured an exceptional line up of speakers and we’re delighted to be involved to showcase the opportunities and talent here in the North East.’

John McVay CEO of Pact said: ‘The continuing mission of the CCC to highlight and celebrate the UK’s diverse TV talent will help accelerate development in the North East of England as it has done for so many other regions and cities.’

As always the CCC focus is on network production. CCC director Ruth Pitt said: ‘We need this event now more than ever as producers, broadcasters, educators, trainers and public and private investors wrestle with how to provide the talent, facilities and infrastructure needed to keep pace with the rapid growth of the film and TV sector in all four nations of the UK. We provide the ideal platform for people to learn, share and network for mutual benefit.’

Conference sessions and speakers featured over two days will resonate with producers, writers, broadcasters, freelancers, policymakers, academics and students from all four corners of the UK.

‘As huge champions of the nations and regions, the CCC sits right in our sweet spot, celebrating the great and good of the production industry outside of the London metropolis, whilst also providing a platform for further prosperity and growth,’ Paramount UK’s Chief of Content Ben Frow commented. ‘I’m looking forward to my trip to Newcastle this year, especially given the North East is currently pulling in our biggest regional audience, and answering all of those burning and topical questions I know people are eager to ask – please don’t be afraid to do so!’  

Some of the most exciting names in British drama will explain what it takes to capture the authentic voice of the nation on screen – Nicola Shindler from Quay Street Productions (part of ITV Studios), Channel 4’s Head of Drama Caroline Hollick, scripted supremo John Yorke and rising star screenwriter Amit Dhand.

Creating a big returning factual brand remains the holy grail for producers outside London. Among those offering advice are BBC Commissioner Daytime and Early Peak Helen Munson and TV favourite Robson Green, presenter of Robson Green’s Weekend Escapes.

The conference is committed to providing insights and informed debate around the growth of the screen sector outside London. Big names include BBC Chief Content Officer Charlotte Moore and Director of Nations Rhodri Talfan Davies, Chief Content Officer UK Paramount Ben Frow, Pact CEO John McVay OBE, Channel 4’s MD of Nations and Regions Sinead Rocks, ITV Group Director of Diversity and Inclusion Ade Rawcliffe and 5 News Editor Cait FitzSimons. ITV’s Controller of Popular Factual Jo Clinton Davis and UKTV’s Director of Commissioning Hilary Rosen will bring their insights to the future of factual television and Ubisoft CEO Lisa Opie will explain why she moved from television to the games industry.

A new guest at Creative Cities this year is Argonon CEO James Burstall, whose newly published book The Flexible Method: Prepare to Prosper in the Next Global Crisis will challenge delegates to re-think how their businesses can survive future world challenges.

The conference will also consider how the screen industry can be a kinder and fairer place to work, and a stunning line-up of experts will assess the impact of multi-million pound studios growth across the UK. Comedy gets a big shout-out with a session featuring Hat Trick’s Jimmy Mulville and Emma Lawson, who’s Commissioning Editor BBC Comedy, along with newcomer Adam Bouabda.

More names including some celebrity figures continue to be added to the conference, which will feature a big networking party kindly sponsored by Banijay UK on Weds evening 26th April.

Delegates will also be able to book a short pitching session with a wide range of commissioners from all the Creative Cities Convention’s stakeholders.

Finally, student masterclasses will as always be delivered locally, this year at Teesside University and open to students from across the region.