There’s opportunity on the horizon for Sunderland’s students as independent production company Fulwell 73 – makers of Netflix show Sunderland ‘Til I Die – has launched a new regional office at the University of Sunderland.
Nurturing Local Talent…
Fulwell North will be based on Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s from October 1st and will be the base for the company’s activities in the North. It will focus on developing new programming, nurturing local talent and discovering new creators from diverse backgrounds on and off screen.
The award-winning company is internationally renowned for projects like TV show ‘All or Nothing Juventus’, Brit-Award Winning One Direction music videos and, of course, Sunderland ‘Til I Die.
Fulwell 73’s new location aims to help address the skills gap for those starting out in the industry and to attract talent back to the region who have roots there.
Fulwell North will leverage the company’s heritage in the North East and its reputation for creating award-winning film, TV and digital content in entertainment, sport, comedy, scripted and non-scripted sectors. The company is already in discussions with UK broadcasters about key commissions to be developed through its new office.
A real boost for the region…
Sir David Bell, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Sunderland, said: “We are delighted to welcome Fulwell 73 to our St Peter’s Riverside campus where they’ll be based in our David Puttnam Media Centre. It’s a wonderful opportunity for our students to be working in the same building as one of the UK’s most successful production companies. Their commitment to work with the university and other partners to rebuild the North East’s production infrastructure is a tremendous step forward.”
Professor Arabella Plouviez, Academic Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries at the University of Sunderland, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Fulwell 73 is not just coming to Sunderland but is being based in our Media Centre alongside our media students. Whilst this is a real boost for the region it is also inspirational for our students, who will be able to get direct experience and insight into leading production company and how it operates. Fulwell 73 North for me, is recognition of the opportunities for further growth in production in the North East, a wonderful example of seeing what we have to offer and the opportunities here for the creative industries.”
Fulwell 73 will be hosting a networking event at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland on October 11th. Senior Fulwell 73 management will be there to meet local companies and talent, including those early in their career, to continue building strong relationships with those already operating in the area, inform them of Fulwell 73’s long term plans in the region and identify potential collaboration opportunities.