Tag: Sunderland

Charlotte Crosby returns to BBC Three and BBC iPlayer for more Charlotte in Sunderland

Posted on by North East Screen

Cameras will once again follow the unpredictable and dynamic world of entrepreneur and TV personality Charlotte Crosby as Charlotte in Sunderland returns to BBC Three and BBC iPlayer for a second series later in 2023.

Made by Chatterbox Media, Charlotte in Sunderland series two (10 x 30’) will pick up a few months after the conclusion of the first series, which saw Charlotte face a host of life changing moments including discovering she was pregnant with her first child, her partner Jake leaving Manchester and moving to the North East, her mum being diagnosed with cancer and the sad passing of her beloved nana Jean.

The second series gets underway with Charlotte’s daughter Alba now seven months old – and Charlotte having some big plans for the rest of 2023…

Charlotte Crosby says: “I am so excited to announce that I am back on BBC Three in the Autumn for series 2 of Charlotte in Sunderland! Last year was a rollercoaster and the BBC and Chatterbox showed great sensitivity while filming some of the happiest and saddest moments of my life. I will treasure it forever as a tribute to my lovely Nana Jean. Get ready for another amazing series which will bring everyone up to date with me Jake and Alba – and of course Mam and Dad. It will be full of lols and a few surprises!”

Nasfim Haque, Head of Content for BBC Three says: “It is great to get Charlotte back once again giving viewers an access all areas pass to her entertaining world…the best bit is that off screen the team making it will be supporting local North East production talent develop – it’s a winning combo for sure.”

Nav Raman, Executive Producer for Chatterbox Media says: “We’re excited that Charlotte’s hit series is returning. We look forward sharing her on the next chapter of her hectic life – juggling relationships, work, romance and motherhood.”

Series 1 of Charlotte in Sunderland averaged 300,000 (28 day / 4Screen) with 40% of this audience between the ages of 16-34, with strong overall iPlayer viewing (62%) and the series performed particularly well with viewers in the North of England. The series also generated 448k engagements via social media with a combined total of 36m impressions.

Charlotte in Sunderland series 2 will be broadcast on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer this Autumn.

The first series is available to watch now on BBC iPlayer.

Charlotte in Sunderland (10 x 30’) is made by Chatterbox Media for BBC Three and BBC iPlayer. The Executive Producers for Chatterbox are Nav Raman and Ali Quirk. The series was commissioned by Nasfim Haque, Head of Content for BBC Three and Kalpna Patel-Knight, Head of Entertainment. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Ruby Kuraishe.

Fulwell 73 Receive 11 Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations

Posted on by North East Screen

Fulwell 73, the independent production company behind the highly anticipated reboot of the North East-based TV classic Byker Grove, has received 11 nominations for the 2023 Primetime Emmy Awards.

The production company has been nominated in a range of categories for programmes such as Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl and the 65th Annual Grammy Awards.

Fulwell 73 have also partnered with Cain International and put forward plans to build the Crown Works Studios in Sunderland. The studio will be one of the largest filmmaking complexes in Europe, creating some 8,450 jobs across the North East over the next decade.

The awards ceremony will take place in Los Angles on Monday, September 18th at 5pm (on Tuesday the 19th at 1am UK time).

Read on for a list of Fulwell’s nominations. A full list of all of this year’s nominees is available at Emmys.com.

Outstanding Production Design For A Variety Special

Encanto At The Hollywood Bowl • Disney+ • Fulwell 73 Productions, Production Designer Misty Buckley, Art Director Joe Celli, Set Decorator Raquel Tarbet

The 65th Annual Grammy Awards • CBS • Fulwell 73, Production Designer Julio Himede, Art Director Kristen Merlino

Outstanding Choreography For Variety Or Reality Programming

Encanto At The Hollywood Bowl • Routines: Family Madrigal / Surface Pressure • Disney+ • Fulwell 73 Productions, Choreographer Jamal Sims

Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Special

Encanto At The Hollywood Bowl • Disney+ • Fulwell 73 Productions

The 65th Annual Grammy Awards • CBS • Fulwell 73

Outstanding Variety Special (Live)

Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium • Disney+ • Disney+ Presents in association with Rocket Entertainment / A Fulwell 73 Production

Outstanding Short Form Comedy, Drama Or Variety Series

Carpool Karaoke: The Series • Apple TV+ • CBS Studios in association with Fulwell 73 and Apple

Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series Or Special

Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium • Disney+ • Disney+ Presents in association with Rocket Entertainment / A

The 65th Annual Grammy Awards • CBS • Fulwell 73

Outstanding Technical Direction and Camerawork For A Special

Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium • Disney+ • Disney+ Presents in association with Rocket Entertainment / A

Encanto At The Hollywood Bowl • Disney+ • Fulwell 73 Productions

The BBC and Middlechild Productions bring career workshops to Sunderland and Hartlepool Colleges

Posted on by North East Screen

BBC Academy and Middlechild Productions visited two colleges in the North East today, bringing an interactive Q&A workshop for students looking to start a career in factual filmmaking and production.

The visit was to celebrate the launch of BBC Three’s Therapy: Tough Talking documentary, which features North East actor and rapper Kema Sikazwe (aka Kema Kay). The film follows Kema’s journey through therapy as he faces his past traumas. Students at Sunderland College and Hartlepool Sixth Form got to speak with the producers about job opportunities and gaining experience for a career in television.

Students also pitched their own ideas for factual programmes, inspired by their own lives in the North East, and received feedback from television professionals. A special recorded message from Kema was also played for each college, and his therapist Hayley Tyson- Adams discussed the importance of mental health support and finding help.

This workshop is part of the BBC’s Across the UK Strategy, which seeks to invest more in training and production outside of London to better represent and serve the whole UK. This comes after the BBC announced to commit £25 million to the North East, partnering with companies like Northern Child, Middlechild’s sister company, to increase production and opportunities in the region.

Diana Hare, Commissioning Editor at the BBC, said: “Therapy: Tough Talking is a unique project. Kema’s courage, in allowing cameras in the therapy room, will help demystify and destigmatise the process. We’re grateful that we can continue to foster creativity in the North East by bringing this workshop to local colleges.”

Andrew Eastel, Creative Director at Middlechild, and the director of the documentary, said, “Everyone on the team has felt extremely privileged to have worked on Therapy: Tough Talking. To be granted the unique access to film Kema’s therapy has been both enlightening and fulfilling. By bravely allowing cameras into the room, Kema and Hayley have shone a light on the power of therapy and addressed many of the misconceptions associated with it, especially amongst younger people. We’re delighted to have this opportunity to screen the film to students in Sunderland and Hartlepool. Not just because some of them may relate to the subject of the film, but also to highlight the power of documentary filmmaking, and hopefully inspire some filmmakers of the future.”

Ruth Magnus, Director of Student Services at Education Partnership North East, which includes Sunderland College and Hartlepool Sixth Form College, said: “We were pleased to be among the select number of colleges involved in the screening of the Therapy: Tough Talking documentary. Across our colleges, we have a responsibility for the positive mental health of our students.

“Through this experience, we will be able to challenge the misconceptions of mental illness, raise awareness of symptoms and demonstrate compassion.”

Watch Therapy: Tough Taking on BBC iPlayer here.

Screen Alliance North are hiring – Skills Cluster roles

Posted on by Jo Macleod

Screen Alliance North, a new £2.3m BFI Skills Cluster led by Screen Yorkshire, Liverpool Film Office, Screen Manchester and North East Screen, is recruiting for two new full-time roles, to support development and training of the screen sector workforce across the North of England.

Skills Cluster Partnership Lead – £47,000 – £49,000

Skills Cluster Evaluation Manager – £42,000 – £44,000

These roles are full time (37 hours per week) and a three year fixed term contract. They can be based at any of the partner offices in Sunderland, Hartlepool, Manchester, Liverpool or Leeds and will see work across all of the partner regions.

For more information on the jobs and how to apply, please visit our careers page.

Applications close on Wednesday 24th May.

We are hiring – Talent and Business Development Coordinator

Posted on by North East Screen

We are looking for a Talent and Business Development Coordinator to join our team and help support the growing screen industry in the North East.

If you have a keen interest in film and TV and a passion for developing and supporting local companies and talent, then this may be the perfect role for you.

You will be the administrative centre and first point of contact for the Business and Talent Development team, supporting them to work effectively across their activity.

This role is full time and based in our offices in Sunderland and Hartlepool. The deadline for applications is the 30th of April.

Click here to learn more about the role and how to apply.

Locations Researcher opportunity with North East Screen

Posted on by North East Screen

Do you have a keen eye for good film and TV locations?

We are looking for a Locations Researcher to join our team on a freelance, short-term contract. To help us showcase the brilliant destinations the North East has to offer.

Our locations database currently holds thousands of fabulous locations and we need to keep it up to date in order to attract productions to the region.

If you’re organised, have a good geographical knowledge of the North East, and know your way around a spreadsheet then this may be the perfect opportunity for you!

The contract is for 12 days across a 6-week period, to be reviewed with the potential of extension. The closing date to apply is Sunday the 30th of April.

Click here to learn more about the role.

New office marks beginning of new era

Posted on by North East Screen

The regions screen agency set up to grow the North East’s TV and film sector has moved into a new picture-perfect base at the heart of Riverside Sunderland.

North East Screen, supported by the North East Screen Industries Partnership (NESIP) officially moved into its new office at The Beam this week [6th March ].

The move puts the organisation at the heart of the region as it looks to create ‘vibrant industry sector communities’ and ‘develop the skills required to turn it into a centre of excellence for the screen industries.’

This includes ensuring new entrants to the industry have the skills to access work opportunities, making it easier for production companies to film in the North East and raising the region’s global profile.

Gayle Woodruffe, operations director at North East Screen, said: “The North East is fast becoming a hub for TV and film production and basing our organisation in Sunderland feels like the right move at the right time to the right location. We are very much looking forward to being in the Riverside development, at the heart of the cultural developments in Sunderland.”

Supported by the regions 3 Combined Authorities and 12 local authorities and the BBC, North East Screen is delivering a comprehensive screen development programme  funded by NESIP which was formed to enhance the region’s film and TV industries by more than doubling its 2019 share of the UK production market and delivering an annual economic boost to the regional economy of £88m. 

North East Screen, formally Northern Film + Media has a track record of over 20 years supporting the sector but this has been super charged by NESIP and their partnership with the BBC. 

This rapid growth in production which will only continue to grow as new are built and will result in many more jobs for the residents of Sunderland and the wider North East who may not have considered they could work in the industry.   

In the last 12 months North East Screen has supported a number of new BBC productions filming in the region including ‘Robson Green’s Weekend Escapes’, Charlotte in Sunderland, Scarlett’s Driving School, 24/7 Pet Hospital and Northern Justice as well as hit North East TV shows ITV’s Vera, CBBC’s The Dumping Ground and Danny and Mick. Gayle is confident the move will mark the beginning of an exciting new era for the region’s screen sectors.

She added: “As an organisation we are working hard to link all development, talent, interest, investment and opportunities so that as a region we are best placed to attract feature films and large TV productions to create a thriving and sustainable industry. We are keen to work with local production companies and companies who feel they could supply the industry. From taxi firms to caterers, security services to local cafes, so many businesses can benefit from being part of this growing industry.”

Home to the world’s largest grocer, Ocado and fast-growing offshore technology consultancy, Asset55, The Beam was the first building to be constructed at Riverside Sunderland, which once complete, will create thousands of city centre jobs.

The Business Investment Team at Sunderland City Council assisted North East Screen with its move to the hub, which directly brings 17 skilled jobs to the city.

Cllr Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “Ocado, Envision, RSA and Just Eat are just a few of the businesses to have invested in Sunderland over recent years and we are absolutely delighted to be able to add North East Screen to the seemingly ever-growing list of organisations realising the potential of doing business in the city.

“As well as positioning Sunderland at the heart of the region’s screen industries, it will also see more jobs brought to the city centre and will help the body work even closely with the businesses who are actively trying to develop and grow the city’s film and TV industries.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time for everyone involved with the city and I’m confident this will be just the start of many more exciting development to follow.”

To find out more about Sunderland as a place to do business, visit: https://www.mysunderland.co.uk/business-and-investment