Manchester Takes Centre Stage at MIPCOM | MIDAS

Manchester takes centre stage at MIPCOM

A delegation from Manchester is at MIPCOM this week to promote the region as an international base for broadcasting and media production.

Taking place annually in Cannes, MIPCOM is the most anticipated global market for entertainment content, with around 13,700 participants attending from over 100 countries.

It’s here that the delegation will promote Manchester’s legacy in media. MIDAS is accompanied by members of Manchester’s vibrant production community including CHF Entertainment, Creative England, dock10, Flix Facilities, the Space Project, and Urban Canyons.

Manchester is no stranger to welcoming some of the world’s leading production companies. The city has provided a backdrop for high-profile TV shows and films including Life on Mars, Queer as Folk, The Voice, Captain America, Sherlock Holmes and 28 Days Later.

The region is a key base for global broadcasters such as the BBC and ITV and the industry is supported by the fastest growing talent, crew and production facility base in the UK.

Tim Newns, chief executive of MIDAS, Manchester’s inward investment agency and part of MGC said “MIPCOM presents an ideal opportunity for Manchester to showcase the remarkable assets it can offer to the international media production industry. With a huge catchment area of media professionals, an impressive array of productions spaces and some globally recognised cultural exports, Greater Manchester has everything a media company could need to produce world class content.

“The region has been producing shows that are globally renowned for over 50 years. Now our goal is to strengthen this reputation and attract the next wave of investment and production companies into Greater Manchester which will cement the region’s position as a leader in broadcast and media”

The Manchester MIPCOM delegation can be found on the UKIndies Pavilion at Riviera 8 (R8.D11)

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Quick Facts: media production in Manchester

  • 1 in 4 TV dramas filmed outside of London are shot in Manchester
  • Over 800 companies in the broadcast and media production sector
  • Largest regional concentration of crew, suppliers and facilities
  • Over 30 high-end stage and studio spaces ranging from 5,000 sq ft to 30,000 sq ftwith on-site facilities including post production
  • Major centre for animation and children’s media home to both global producers and the UK’s largest children’s commissioners – BBC and ITV
  • Production budgets up to 30% less expensive when compared with London
  • Operational business costs are up to 40% lower than London
  • A region with film-friendly city councils who provide permits with ease
  • Dedicated, on-the-ground production liaison service Unrivalled access to a wide variety of urban, rural and historic locations
  • Offers  direct flights to over 200 destinations including New York, LA and Toronto
  • 60 direct trains a day to London with a  journey time of just over 2 hours
  • Manchester accounts for approx. 15% of all filming days and location spend in England outside London
  • 15% of production resources registered with Creative England are based in Manchester – this is in addition to those of the BBC, ITV and large production companies
  • Networking infrastructure required to meet the needs of bandwidth-hungry media companies
  • Home to the UK’s strongest internet exchange (IXP) outside of London


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