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New regional filming support teams now in place - details

New regional filming support teams now in place - details
Staff Reporter
22 December 2011

The BFI body Creative England now has its location and production services team in place to provide a liaison service for all filming, location and crew enquiries in the English regions.

The seven-strong team has representatives specialising in different regions, deployed around the country in a number of locations, including offices in Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham and Leeds. 

Kaye Elliott, previously head of inward investment at Vision+Media, heads up the team, and plans to confirm an eighth member of staff based in Southern England in the New Year. Local support is also being finalised to enable recruitment of a ninth team member based in the South East in Spring 2012.

Head of locations and production services, Elliott, said: “It’s an exciting prospect that for the first time, we are able to provide a joined-up, cohesive service for film and television productions shooting throughout the English regions. We have an excellent team in place, most of whom have previously worked within the screen agency network, and have brought with them a wealth of local knowledge, experience and contacts that are invaluable in helping facilitate productions effectively. Whether you’re seeking a location, looking for skilled crew or needing guidance on connecting with local authorities and partners to make filming easier, we can help!"

Creative England was established in October of this year to support growth of independent creative businesses in film, TV, games, digital and creative sectors in the English regions. It receives Grant-in-Aid funds from the BFI, and is a BFI delegated body for the distribution of Lottery funds for film in the English regions outside London. It has also secured investment from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund for Digital Champions, a new scheme to support digital and creative companies, expected to launch in Spring 2012.

The team comprises:


Nick Beech, Production Liaison Coordinator
Nick is the central point of contact for any general enquiries about Creative England’s production liaison service. If you have a filming enquiry for anywhere in England, contact Nick and he will compile a coordinated response on behalf of the team,
(Nick previously worked for Screen Yorkshire)
Direct dial: 0161 2814328
Based in Manchester

Nicky Ball, Crew and Facilities
Nicky maintains relationships across the industry with a focus on connecting crew and facilities to productions around the country.
(Nicky previously worked for Screen Yorkshire)
Mobile: 07714 341015
Based in Leeds

Kaye Elliott, head of locations & production services
Kaye oversees the team and the department’s strategy, and develops partnerships with key contacts across England.
(Kaye previously worked for Vision+Media)
Mobile: 07894 386469

Northern England
Bobby Cochrane, production liaison manager
Bobby liaises with productions looking to film within the North of England. 
(Bobby previously worked for Vision+Media) 
Direct dial: 0161 2814353
Mobile: 07976 629 933
Based in Manchester

North & Central England
Chris Hordley, production liaison manager
Chris liaises with productions looking to film within the Yorkshire and East Midlands regions.
(Chris previously worked for Screen Yorkshire)
Mobile: 07904 557830
Based in Leeds

Central England
Stephen Badham, senior production liaison manager
Stephen liaises with productions looking to film within the West Midlands region, and develops partnerships with local authorities and other key contacts across Central England.
(Stephen previously worked for Screen WM)
Direct Dial: 0121 265 7120
Mobile: 07980 671928
Based in Birmingham

Southern England
Fiona Francombe, senior production liaison manager
Fiona liaises with productions looking to film in Southern England, and develops partnerships with local authorities and other key contacts across Southern England.
(Fiona previously worked for South West Screen)
Direct dial: 0117 9529983
Mobile:  07770 430328
Based in Bristol

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