It is where it is. The BBC’s second largest production site, Media City has opened in Salford. Currently, Peel are working hard to fill the satellite of office suites surrounding the BBC studios: trying to capture creative companies keen to be within Aunty’s orbit. Service industries from post production to digital media, casting to camera hire are swiftly filling the 81 hectare site. Channel 4 have expressed an interest in moving some of their activities here in the new few years.
Some Liverpool creative companies have made the move. But we passionately believe that’s a move too far: as does the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. The development is perfectly positioned to promote Liverpool’s burgeoning creative talent pool, and ensure all the northwest’s media industries continue to flourish.
Any arguments over decentralisation being focused solely on Salford are now redundant. The smart talk now should be simply this: how can Peel’s major new media hub help, not hinder, Liverpool creatives. The centre is, lest we forget, half an hour away. From town, It’s easier to reach than West Kirby.
With Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, we’re hosting a one day seminar this month at FACT. And if you’re keen to make the most of this major new development just down the M62, this could be the wisest investment you’ll ever make.
Something on this scale doesn’t happen every day. In fact it’s probably the most significant shift in the (physical) media landscape any of us are likely to see. So if you’re keen on embracing the possibilities for new contracts, networking and business opportunities our new neighbour offers, here’s your chance to ask the experts.
Our seminar aims to ensure that the creative sector in Liverpool City Region is fully aware of and prepared for opportunities from large commissioning bodies based at Media City. And, in return, in an open question and answer session, it’s our chance to highlight to the Head of BBC North, Peter Salmon, the extent, variety and strengths of the creative sector in Liverpool city region to major commissioning bodies locating to MCUK.
The event, at FACT, will be hosted by former BBC political journalist Jim Hancock, and will be priced at £35 (£25 for Liverpool Chamber members). What’s that? A couple of cinema tickets and a few rounds of drinks afterwards? We’d say this was a wiser investment…
Peter Salmon is leading the development of Europe’s most advanced broadcasting centre and the largest move of staff and departments out of London in the BBC’s history. Peter plays a lead role in the development of network production in the north of England, working with colleagues in the BBC’s Vision, Audio and Music and Future Media departments and with partners in the independent production community.
He supports BBC Learning and Outreach teams in the north and works closely with BBC Journalism in the broadcasting and production of regional services for audiences in the north of England. He leads key departments including Children’s, Sport and BBC Radio 5 Live.
Esther McVey is Conservative MP for Wirral West and the Private Parliamentary Secretary to Chris Grayling, Minister for Employment. Esther graduated in Law before becoming a graduate trainee with the BBC in 1991.
She then went on to work for in media for the next 14 years as a Broadcaster and a Journalist, presenting and producing programmes such as GMTV, a legal Series for Channel 4, a BBC consumer show and a BBC science show.
Colin McKeown Colin McKeown is a Producer and founder of LA Productions – a film and television production company established in 2000. Based in Kirkdale, North Liverpool it has an extensive portfolio across all genres. Colin started his career as a trainee Broadcast Engineer at Granada Television’s Manchester studios.
Colin was one of the founding fathers who set up Channel 4’s flagship soap Brookside and Colin has also worked on every major British soap including Coronation Street and Emmerdale. Colin’s company LA Productions produces a number of high profile films in the city. In current production are three dramas – Open Doors, for BBC1, Stepping Up, for CBBC and Moving On, which is now in its fourth series.
Jim Hancock has broadcast on politics for over 30 years from the North West and Westminster. He has interviewed every Prime Minister from Harold Wilson to David Cameron during his time as Political Editor of Granada TV and then the BBC in the North West. He has been a Lobby Correspondent for both the BBC and IRN.
He continues to broadcast, with his expertise being called upon by BBC TV in the North West and Radio Merseyside.
If you, or your business is keen to develop relationships with major commissioning organisations such as the BBC, on commissioning, procurement and other collaborative opportunities arising from Media City UK, this seminar could be the best investment you’ll make. And we’ll even throw in the tea and biscuits.
Making The Most Of Media City
February 17, FACT, Wood Street
Seminar tickets: £35/£25 (conc)
To buy tickets, click here
Or call the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce,
Chamber Events Team.
Tel: 0151 227 1234 x 2202