The project has received the support of North East born director Ridley Scott.

Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema is launching a production offshoot, the first of its kind from a UK independent exhibitor.

The project will enable graduates of Tyneside Cinema’s Northern Stars media academy – which was set up in 2006 - to produce professional corporate films and commercials, headed up by director Ian Fenton.

Clients who have already signed up to receive the service include Procter & Gamble, law firm Ward Hadaway and Heritage Lottery Fund.

Sam Morton, founder of digital agency 21st Century Media and Emmy winning writer director Patrick Collerton will take on advisory roles.

The news comes following the announcement that the BFI will receive £3 million from the Department for Education to establish a national film academy for 16-19 year olds aimed at developing the skills of young filmmakers.

South Shields-born producer/director Sir Ridley Scott, added his support to the project: “I commend the project of Northern Stars in encouraging young people to enter into the film industry and wish the participants well in their endeavours.”

Northern Stars Production is being backed by the Gillian Dickinson Trust, NR Foundation and Northern Film & Media.