Sheffield City Region: Funding granted for Doncaster film and television studio

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Grant funding for a new film and television studios, to be built on the site of the former Doncaster College site has been agreed by the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority

Grant funding for a new film and television studios, to be built on the site of the former Doncaster College site has been agreed by the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority

The scheme, at High Melton, incorporates a film and TV studios, a visual effects production facility, a film and TV training academy and a hotel and events business.

It is projected to create around 220 direct new jobs, and potentially thousands more in the supply chain, while driving more than £60m within the region over the next 10 years.

At the first meeting to be chaired by the new Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis, members agreed that £4.1m of Local Growth Fund (LGF) cash should go towards the project headed up by 360 Degrees Media.

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: "It is fantastic news for Doncaster.

"We have been happy to support the College in bringing this to Doncaster. This will create jobs and growth for Doncaster’s economy and encourage more young people to pursue a career in the film and TV industry.

“During 2017, £1.6 billion was spent on UK film and TV projects. This shows this is a thriving industry which we are excited to welcome to the town. We are ambitious for Doncaster and fully support the creation of this new site that will create more than 220 jobs for the borough.”

Mayor Dan Jarvis said: "A creative investment on this scale is fantastic news for Doncaster and the wider region, and will add to the Sheffield City Region's already-outstanding creative assets.

"As well as jobs at the 360 Degrees Media studios, the scheme can also create countless opportunities in the supply chain, drive economic growth and provide real-world training opportunities for our young people.

"But the benefits go both ways. Our region is a hotbed of creativity and is already driving forward excellence in the digital sector. So where better to base a new film and television studio that can tap into the talent we already have here, build upon it, and create a genuinely exciting and innovative scheme to put Doncaster on the digital map."