AN organisation which helps bring film and TV crews to the region has launched a new venture.

Screen Yorkshire – which has supported productions including Peaky Blinders, filmed at Dalton Mills in Keighley – is offering a crew and facilities service.

The initiative will make it easier for production teams to find experienced local crews and supply-chain companies.

And it aims to help counter the impact of the coronavirus crisis on freelancers, many of whom have been particularly badly hit due to a slowdown in production following the outbreak.

The service, which will also provide networking and promotional opportunities, is being managed by the Screen Yorkshire Film Office team.

Sally Joynson, chief executive of Screen Yorkshire, said: “This is a critical time for the industry as it emerges from lockdown. We hope that our new crew and facilities service, along with other initiatives, can play a part in getting people back into work and ensure Yorkshire retains its competitive edge.

“This region has an enviable legacy in film and TV production. Our new service will give us a platform to showcase the amazingly-talented crew and facilities companies that have worked on these productions and will offer a supportive peer network.”

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