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07/02/2012

Yorkshire's Creative Industry Receives £15m Boost

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The creative sector in Yorkshire is set to get a £15m funding injection from a new fund backed by European money.
Titled the Yorkshire Content Fund it will invest in projects from the film, TV, games, and digital firms in the region and will be managed by Screen Yorkshire.
The film agency has said that it expects to create hundreds of jobs with the new £15 million fund.
According to a statement by Screen Yorkshire: "The Creative and Digital Industries employ approximately 113,000 people within Yorkshire and Humber, the fastest growing region for these sectors between 1998 – 2008, with 16% growth. The Yorkshire Content Fund will support the further growth of these industries and create hundreds of jobs."
Sally Joynson, Chief Executive of Screen Yorkshire, said: "The Yorkshire Content Fund marks a new era for the region’s creative businesses and for Screen Yorkshire as an organisation. These are difficult times and access to capital is still limited so to secure such a major pot of investment for the creative industries in Yorkshire and Humber is an incredible win for the region and for Screen Yorkshire.
"The fund will also create hundreds of jobs across the supply chain, which is so critical at the moment. I’m sure Yorkshire can now continue to create great content and to build on its legacy of film and TV productions such as Red Riding; The Damned United and This is England and video game production such as Broken Sword and Worms. It’s an exciting time to be in the creative industries in Yorkshire and Humber."
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