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New group will boost film and TV.

A new body to boost the West Midlands' TV, film and games industries could bring nearly 30,000 new jobs to the region, it has been claimed.

Andy Street has launched the group, which comes after last year's failed bid to bring Channel 4 to the region.

The region already has a proud tradition of filmmaking - iconic director Stephen Spielberg brought crews to film in Birmingham for his movie Ready Player One in 2016 and biopic Stan and Ollie was filmed at the Black Country Living Museum.

Numerous television shows have also used the region as a backdrop, most famously in recent times Peaky Blinders.

The new industry-led body will be fronted by chairman Ed Shedd, a top brass at Deloitte and an industry leader. It will comprise of a board featuring top talent from across the region's screen businesses.

From Peaky Blinders to Hollywood blockbusters: Movie-making in the West Midlands The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) says it hopes the body will serve as a single point of contact for national and international film, TV and game makers.

Mr Street said: "The West Midlands has a strong screen industry with a string of success stories - not least Leamington Spa's gaming cluster which employs 10 per cent of the UK gaming industry."

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Publication:Shropshire Star (Shropshire, England)
Date:Jul 10, 2019
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