Magazine article Screen International

West Midlands to Get $4.7M Cash Boost

Magazine article Screen International

West Midlands to Get $4.7M Cash Boost

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EXCLUSIVE: Film and TV productions to get funding injection.

Film and high-end TV productions shooting in the West Midlands are to receive a cash boost of $4.7m (£3m) from Creative England in 2015.

The West Midlands Production Fund has recently revised its guidelines in a bid to attract more projects to the region, particularly high-end TV.

As well as increasing the maximum investment per project to £1m, the fund - administered by Creative England - will now offer a mixture of debt and equity and can accept matched co-investment from both private and other public sector sources including BFI, BBC, C4 and the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) on terms to be agreed.

Creative England estimates that additional filming in the region can generate up to $50,000 (£32,000) a day for the local economy.

The £3m sum is an increase on the fund's 2014 budget of £1.5m.

Projects previously backed by the fund include features Road to Guantanamo, the Nativity franchise and upcoming sci-fi The Call Up as well as TV series Line of Duty, Dancing on the Edge and documentary One Mile Away. …

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