Screen Manchester is currently building a crew and facilities database that will allow access to the City and North West’s indigenous talent pool to the domestic and global Film and Television Industry.

Elli Metcalfe leads the initiative. She began her career in production and was a Producer across entertainment and factual output at Granada, ITV Studios, BBC and for various Indies.  More recently she worked with SharpFutures, a social enterprise based in Manchester focused on developing young people from diverse backgrounds and helping them secure employment in the digital, tech and broadcast sectors.  Metcalfe joins the  Screen Manchester team fronted by Bobby Cochrane.

Metcalfe says, “Whatever the size or genre of production Screen Manchester will help source the right people to enable each shoot to run smoothly and successfully.  We are delighted with the sign up to the database so far and are keen to invite other experienced production freelancers and facility companies to register.  It is important to stress that by joining, the crew and companies will be supporting and future-proofing the growth and connectivity of the NW regional network.”

Rob Page, Managing Director, Screen Manchester says,  “We are delighted to have Elli join us at a very exciting time in the evolution of Screen Manchester.  Her inside knowledge of production coupled with her extensive contact list and remarkable and much admired people skills make her the ideal person to drive this new and much needed initiative forwards.”

Bobby Cochrane adds,”Elli is keen to make sure we are in direct contact with and connected to freelancers from all walks in the Film and TV Industry.  There are always gaps to be filled and if global producers know they can find who they are looking for in our region without bringing in staff from further afield we will have achieved our main objective adding to the joined up service we pride ourselves in delivering”.

Experienced production freelancers and facility companies are invited to register here in order to be included within the database. For productions keen to hire, they are encouraged to contact Elli directly until the database search facility goes live next year.

Jon Creamer

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