Mark Whitehead 01 February 2023

Northern councils sign up to ‘blockbuster’ film scheme

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A dozen councils in the North East have signed up to a scheme to help film and TV companies work in the region.

All 12 local authorities across the North East, famous for the filming of blockbusters including Indiana Jones and Dungeons and Dragons, have signed up to the charter.

It will make sure they work closely with North East Screen to assist productions through one point of contact and align their processes and contacts to facilitate filming.

They say investment by the BBC and the new North East Screen Industries Partnership means opportunities to attract production companies to the region have never been greater.

Martin Gannon, leader of Gateshead Council, said: ‘This is an opportunity for us to showcase the talent we have here in Gateshead but also the region.

‘The creative talent is not just limited to the traditional roles we associate with the screen industry, but we also need skills such as joiners, electricians, caterers and hospitality.’

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 feature films, more TV dramas, more documentaries, more returning series, more factual programmes.’

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