Magazine article Screen International

Matt Hancock Backs "Success, Access and Synthesis"

Magazine article Screen International

Matt Hancock Backs "Success, Access and Synthesis"

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Speaking at a Creative Industries Federation event at London's BFI Southbank, Hancock urged the creative industries to increase access, arguing that the sector has "a special responsibility to be a force for openness and social mobility in Britain".

It was the minister's first speech addressing all of the creative industries since the former paymaster general was appointed to the role in Teresa May's new cabinet in July.

Hancock pledged to "fight to ensure that the creative and digital industries are at the heart of the government's industrial strategy", and backed tax breaks as a success story in growing the sector, crediting the high-end television tax relief in 2013 for "the nascent boom in high quality television dramas".

Pointing to the launch of Project Diamond as one of his first acts as culture minister, Hancock said he wanted to see the initiative go further.

"Talent is not restricted to the privileged and the comfortable," the minister said. …

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