Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, Birmingham-born actor Adil Ray and Coventry’s Debbie Isitt, who created the Nativity film franchise, will be part of a new taskforce to supercharge the West Midlands’ screen industry, it was confirmed today.
The trio will join other talented and well-known individuals from the region’s TV, film and games industries on the taskforce.
The members will now be tasked with getting the new screen industry body up and running ahead of its official launch in October.
This includes creating a name and branding that will attract people from across the globe to come and create content in the West Midlands.
The body’s members will also be working on developing a strategy to revolutionise the current screen industry, helping to drive investment, growth and thousands of new jobs.
It will be chaired by international industry heavyweight Ed Shedd and serve as a single point of contact for national and international film, TV and game makers.
Ed said: “I am absolutely thrilled with the response we have had for inaugural members, with nearly 50 screen professionals applying.
“It was a challenge to select the initial group from such a wealth of talent. However, I am pleased that the group we are announcing presents a really interesting mix of sectors, backgrounds and experience. I am hugely looking forward to working with them all in the months and years ahead.”
Cllr Ian Brookfield, who is also leader of City of Wolverhampton Council, added: “As part of our Local Industrial Strategy we plan to see 29,000 new, high skilled jobs in the digital and creative industries by 2030.
“By having the screen industry itself leading the way through this new body, we believe we can achieve this and capitalise on the rapidly expanding creative sector to boost our wider economy and future prosperity.”
There are four key aims of the new body, including:
• Develop a single delivery plan and help turn strategy into action
• Secure and deliver both public and private funds
• Commission a variety programmes of activity
• Both lobby and promote the West Midlands screen industry