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Birmingham City to Receive £18m Injection for New Film and TV Production Facilities

Birmingham will receive an £18m cash injection, as the city’s creatives explore new platforms designated for media innovation and technological solutions.

A creative content hub which will bolster Birmingham’s film and TV industry has been announced, Birmingham Live reports.

A planning application has been submitted for Fazeley Street, Digbeth. And will see five existing and derelict heritage buildings transformed for independent film and TV production, as well as creative content developers.

The space will provide producers with a unique facility and will enable them to work with broadcasters for film, TV, games and virtual production in addition.

The creative production hub will be situated in a 50,000 sq ft space courtesy of cash injections from Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP).

Anita Bhalla, GBSLEP Board Director for Creative and Culture said: “GBSLEP’s investment of £3m reflects our commitment to the creative industries which we see as a priority sector that stimulates inclusive economic growth and a catalyst for job creation.

“The Creative Content Hub will be an exciting addition to the media landscape and at the heart of innovative production in the region. It’s also an exciting step towards creating a TV, film and multimedia cluster in the heart of Birmingham’s Creative Quarter, in Digbeth.

“As a LEP we work with our public, private and academic partners to identify opportunities of growth in our region and the Creative Content Hub is an example of how we have come together to create a cohesive offering for businesses in the creative industries. Crucially, GBSLEP’s investment means the funding gap for this project has been filled and it can now be moved to the next stage of development.’’

Create Central Chair, Ed Shedd, said: “The concept of a Creative Content Hub was developed by the industry, through Create Central, to provide a means of kick-starting the sector post-pandemic. It is set to position the West Midlands at the forefront of developing new ways of working that will re-invent and future-proof traditional television, film and wider digital content production.”

Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, added: “It is incredibly exciting that thanks to some brilliant collaborative working we have managed to get this world class Creative Content Hub off the ground.

“The West Midlands has some of the most creative talent in the world, but in the past we have been notoriously poor at nurturing and retaining it. That is one of the reasons I was so keen to get Create Central established, and this new hub will go a long way to both addressing that and re-establishing the West Midlands as one of the country’s premier film and TV destinations.”

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