ITN Productions has announced it is opening a production base in Leeds with a number of commissions already secured for factual series.

The offices, which are complete with state-of-the-art edit facilities, is part of the company’s ongoing expansion plans.

Last year ITN Productions produced 670 hours of TV – the most it’s ever made.

Ian Rumsey, Director of TV Production, ITN Productions, said: “Having a regional office is a necessity for us. It’s vital in order to recruit and develop new talent out of London and to make programmes which truly reflect the nation.”

Rumsey and his team have already secured a number of commissions which will be produced from Leeds including a six-part series on Churchill for Channel 5 as well as three more two-hour specials on iconic Britons for the channel.

Rumsey continued: “Last year ITN Productions boasted an increase in the number of hours that we produced and the opening of Leeds signals continued expansion for us – both in the UK and the US.”

Recruitment is underway for the teams in Leeds and pre-production starts later this month for the Channel 5 commissions which will transmit later this year.

Jon Creamer