Shine TV has kicked off a new BBC children’s series at Manchester’s newest production base, the Sharp Project in east Manchester. Filming for the show, ‘My Genius Idea’, has started and nine 30 minute programmes will be broadcast on CBBC later this year.
Founded by Elisabeth Murdoch, Shine TV is one of the UK’s largest independent production companies specialising in entertainment, factual and drama programmes including MasterChef, Don’t Stop Believing, Merlin and The Biggest Loser. Set up in 2001, it has offices in London, Manchester and Cardiff.
The show has built a large scale set in one of the Sharp Project’s sound stages, designed by North West based Barcode Media’s Stephen Graham.
Sue Woodward OBE, Director for the Sharp Project said: “This is just one of a number of big names in TV production that are interested in our facilities at the Sharp Project. We have 70,000 sq ft of sound stage space and can accommodate a full range of large and small scale productions. We now have a host of companies located here that can support production companies by offering services such as kit hire, post production, editing facilities and set design. One of our tenants, Barcode Media, designed this particular set. We really are creating our very own eco-system where both small and large businesses can feed off each other and thrive.”
Moray London, ‘My Genius Idea’ Series Producer said: “I was really impressed at the spaces the Sharp project could offer our production. In the end we opted for one of the huge ground floor spaces which gave us the industrial look we were looking for.”
“Due to the nature of our schedule there were gaps in between the filming, the Sharp project allowed us the flexibility of leaving the set standing throughout the run which not only helped with construction time and convenience, but the budget too.”
“The site offered everything we were looking for; a large industrial space, production offices, secure parking and very competitive rates.”
The redevelopment of the former Sharp warehouse is being led by New East Manchester Ltd. The site is currently undergoing a £16.5 million refurbishment funded by Manchester City Council, the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and the European Regional Development Fund. Phase 1 was completed in April. Phase 2 is open to tenants and a further two phases will be completed by the end of the year in time for the opening of the new Central Park Metrolink station, due to open next Spring.
The building is located on Thorp Road, off Oldham Road and next to Central Park’s Gateway and is already home to 25 companies specialising in digital content production, digital media and production for TV and film. For more information on the Sharp Project visit the
Source: New East Manchester