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The UK’s film and TV production body forms first regional board


The UK's film and TV production body forms first regional board

The body representing film and television production professionals in Britain has formed its first regional committee – one of six planned across the UK – in the South West.

The Production Guild of Great Britain’s (PGGB) Bristol and South West England Committee has been created following an “unprecedented boom” in film and high-end TV production across the country.

The idea is to provide a voice for the interests of people working in production in each region or nation.

The Bristol board will be chaired by producer Christine Healy, who is chief operating officer of Bristol-based production company Watford & Essex and chair of the ScreenSkills’ High-end TV Skills Council.

Its vice chairs are Bristolian line producer Ben Greenacre ( he Trial of Christine Keeler, The Pale Horse and Fortitude) ; and Cardiff-based production accountant Jennine Baker (War of the Worlds, The One, Kiri ).

Committee members include: Bristol City Council’s senior Bristol film manager Laura Aviles, who oversees the management of The Bottle Yard Studios and Bristol Film Office; and Bath-based producer Mia Martell (Blood and Oil, The Passion, Ben Hur ).

The committee will meet a minimum of four times a year and will deliver a variety of activities within the area, including forums; masterclasses; and networking events.

Ms Healy said: “Having produced a major international high-end TV drama in the region (New Pictures’ The Spanish Princess for Starz) and established a UK scripted production company based in Bristol, I have developed first-hand understanding of the region’s robust filming infrastructure, with its skilled workforce, active studio hub at The Bottle Yard and versatile locations.

“Crew in this region are extremely experienced, but we need to make sure their needs are fully understood and spot the skills gaps that need support, if we’re to keep talent moving through the pipelines to meet production demand.”

According to the PGGB, locations for the new committees are being established in line with the British Film Commission’s Stage Space Support Development (SSSD) hub centres.

The five other committees, which will be formed “in the coming months”, will be established in Scotland; Wales; Northern Ireland; the North West of England; and Yorkshire.

Lyndsay Duthie, PGGB chief executive, said having the committees would allow the PGGB to have “direct, regular dialogue” with the production teams in those areas. She will meet with the six chairs of the national and regional committees annually as a steering group.

“The Production Guild of Great Britain is fully committed to highlighting geographical representation of film and TV professionals in the nations and regions,” she added.

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