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Screen Yorkshire hires True North man

UK funding body Screen Yorkshire has appointed co-founder of UK factual prodco True North to the newly created role of head of skills.

Glyn Middleton

Glyn Middleton is set to join Screen Yorkshire in April to run its skills and training programmes. His remit will include the Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire, the new national craft grade training initiative set up in partnership with ScreenSkills and the National Film and Television School, as well as the diversity-based Beyond Brontes initiative, designed to offer 18- to 24-year-olds from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds a route into the region’s creative industries.

He will also lead Screen Yorkshire’s Connected Campus programme, specifically designed to build and develop the relationship between local indies and the region’s universities.

Middleton takes over the skills remit from Caroline Cooper Charles, who will remain at Screen Yorkshire and head its new creative talent unit which launches this year. He will also join Screen Yorkshire’s senior management team.

Independent skills advisor, Kate O’Connor, also remains with Screen Yorkshire to spearhead a new national initiative.

Middleton has more than 30 years’ experience working in the television industry having co-founded Leeds-based True North, founded and managed prodco Flesh and Blood TV and worked as a producer at ITV. For the last five years he has worked at Leeds Trinity University as a lecturer in broadcast media.

Middleton commented: “This is a golden moment for Yorkshire’s creative industry – inspired by the extraordinary work that Screen Yorkshire has done in attracting great films and TV dramas to be filmed here and fuelled by the arrival of Channel 4.

“I’ve not witnessed anything like this during the three decades I’ve worked in TV. But the boom in production – in all genres and on all platforms – will only flourish if we pool our talents to build that creative, multi-skilled workforce, brimming with talent and new ideas, making productions at an exceptionally high standard.

Middleton’s appointment follows the recent departure of Screen Yorkshire’s Hugo Heppell, who is set to join Channel 4 in April.



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