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Screen Yorkshire sets 2013 target

Through its Yorkshire Content Fund, Screen Yorkshire plans to invest around £3.5m in TV, film, digital and games projects.

Screen Yorkshire has announced plans to invest around $5.5m (£3.5m) in multimedia projects over the course of 2013.

Through its Yorkshire Content Fund, Screen Yorkshire is hoping to continue its series of high-profile investments in film and television in 2012 and is keen to grow its film portfolio in 2013 with investments of up to $785,000 (£500,000).

“We’ve had an incredible first year for the Yorkshire Content Fund,” said chief executive of Screen Yorkshire, Sally Joynson [pictured]. “We now have a number of financing structures in place with co-investors that are working very well for the film sector so I’d urge producers to contact us now with their latest projects so we can continue to invest in some of the most creative and commercial UK features.”

The upcoming BBC crime drama Peaky Blinders was the first investment from the Yorkshire Content Fund since it launched in February last year.

Screen Yorkshire’s production slate for the future so far consists of Ecosse Films’ Girls Night Out, Warp Films’ ’71, Emu Films’ Catch Me Daddy, UK-French-German-Turkish co-production A Miracle and World Productions’ two feature length dramas entitled The Great Train Robbery for BBC1.

For more information about the Yorkshire Content Fund, which will invest a total of $23.5m (£15m) into content production in the region over forthcoming years, visit Screen Yorkshire’s website.

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