Channel 4 and the Leeds City Region held a joint reception to celebrate the city being chosen as the broadcaster’s new National HQ – hosted by Channel 4’s Chair Charles Gurassa and Chief Executive Alex Mahon together with Leader of Leeds City Council Cllr Judith Blake CBE and Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, Roger Marsh OBE.
The event, which brings together stakeholders from across the City Region and the North, including independent production companies, politicians and partners from education and the wider creative industries, is being held on the eve of a Channel 4 Board meeting being held in Leeds for the first time.
Also being announced at the reception is the formation of a new joint Partnership Board, which will work to support the growth of the independent production sector in the region and the help nurture the next generation of emerging talent within the industry.
This new Partnership Board, which meets for the first time on 22nd January 2019, brings together senior representatives from Channel 4, Leeds City Council, the Leeds City Region and Screen Yorkshire. It will work closely with production companies, education providers and other creative partners to develop a long-term strategy to support the sector in the region – with a particular focus on improving diversity in the sector, and on enhancing production facilities to help achieve growth in TV production.
Earlier in the day, key members of the Channel 4 commissioning team including Head of Drama Caroline Hollick, Head of Daytime David Sayer and Factual Commissioning Editors, Jonah Weston, and Rita Daniels, alongside Nations & Regions Manager Deborah Dunnett, are holding a commissioning briefing in Leeds to build and strengthen relationships with production companies from across the North.