The growth of the TV and film industry in Yorkshire is double the national average, outstripping every other British region including London and the south east, according to figures released by Screen Yorkshire.
The figures show that between 2009 and 2015, Yorkshire’s TV & film industries generated an annual turnover of £424m across 590 creative businesses (an increase of 247% against the UK average of 118%) with Gross Value Added (GVA) increasing 242% in comparison to a UK average growth of 120%.
The region’s success mirrors True North’s own progress as it has enjoyed several years of significant growth in an increasingly competitive TV indie sector.
True North’s reputation as a stand-out regional producer saw it become one of the first investees of the Channel 4 Growth Fund, with Sky Vision subsequently taking a majority stake in the company at the start of 2017.
This will allow True North to invest in talent and resources as it goes about its ambitious plans for further domestic and international success.
Managing Director Marc Allen said: “It is great to see our whole region delivering such an impressive performance. At True North our focus is always on developing the best ideas and talent and building an internationally successful business despite the challenge of being so far from the TV commissioning powerhouse of London.
“Whilst this latest news is very, very positive there is still much work to do to make sure we continue to grow and represent the unique voices and culture of Yorkshire both on and off-screen.”
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