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Our Friend in Leeds: Andrew Sheldon on the rise of TV production in the North

When George Osborne first uttered the phrase “Northern Powerhouse” back in 2014, it’s fair to say that the TV industry wasn’t at the front of his mind. But, six years on, is it time to start thinking of it as such?

Back then, the mood in the TV industry across the North of England was very different. Both Leeds and Manchester were still struggling with the impact of ITV’s retrenchment to London, while the BBC’s project as the anchor tenant of MediaCity UK was barely into its stride.

First look at Sky original Gangs of London

Creator Gareth Evans (of The Raid franchise) will bring his trademark cinematic action to the small screen in this gang feud saga set in modern, multicultural London.

The series features Joe Cole of Peaky Blinders, trading in his Shelby colours for those of the Wallace family. As Sean Wallace, he takes over the reins of the most powerful crime family in London after patriarch Finn Wallace (Colm Meaney) is killed by an unknown assassin.

Sky and Netflix have agreed to a new multi-year deal

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The new deal will see Sky customers have more forms of entertainment in one place, with the option to have Netflix’s Basic Plan on Sky Q.

With just one service, customers will be able to switch seamlessly between Sky and Netflix content.

From Sky original productions like Chernobyl, to new shows such as Third Day and returning shows like Save Me Too, plus Netflix’s own original roster including dramas, films and documentaries, with content such as The Witcher, The Irishman and the new series of Sex Education.

Broadcasting impartiality under siege in 2019 election campaign

Whatever your view of the result, it was a wretched and dispiriting election campaign. Politicians seldom broke away from churning out the same sound bites, and on social media there was a level of viciousness that was unbearable.

It’s therefore not exactly a surprise that the mainstream media, pressured by parties and harried by online trolls, had a rough ride in the 2019 general election, too. It is difficult, as the proverb goes, to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

Sky announces new studio at Elstree

The new studio is planned to house the production of multiple TV shows and films simultaneously and will be located in Elstree, close to the home of Star Wars and Strictly Come Dancing, Elstree Studios.

Backed by Sky’s recent new owner Comcast, the new studio will be developed in partnership with sister-company NBCUniversal and Legal & General.