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Opportunity Hertfordshire - A spotlight on Film and TV

22 Oct 21
Opportunity Hertfordhire

Our 2021 Annual Conference puts the spotlight firmly on this rapidly growing sector, leveraging the opportunity for Hertfordshire, the place and its people, and super-charging the UK’s bounceback.

Join us for a morning of FREE virtual panel discussions broadcast live from the Screening Room from Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden to hear more about how Hertfordshire is growing a world-class cluster of film and TV industries and how local people can benefit from new jobs, skills, training and expertise.

Our Moderator

Anna Stewart, CNN reporter, is to moderate Opportunity Hertfordshire's key debates on the  future of film and TV. Based in the network's London bureau, Anna covers topics related mainly to international business and the British Royal Family. She reports daily on the latest global economic and financial news for CNN's flagship business programmes: First Move with Julia Chatterley, The Express and Quest Means Business.

Anna also currently hosts CNN's Passion to Portfolio, travelling the globe telling the stories of entrepreneurs who have turned personal dreams into professional success. 

Starring

  • Mark Bretton, Chair, Hertfordshire LEP and the LEP Network
  • Dan Dark OBE, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Studio Operations, Warner Bros.
  • Neil Hayes, CEO, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Caroline Cooper, COO, Sky Studios
  • Cllr Morris Bright MBE, Chair, Board of Directors, Elstree Studios; Leader, Hertsmere Borough Council
  • Dean Russell MP for Watford, Chairman of the Film and Production All Party Parliamentary Group and Vice Chair of the Film and Broader Screen All Party Parliamentary Group
  • Deirdre Wells OBE, CEO, Visit Herts and Go To Places
  • David Conway, Chief Financial and Operations Officer, ITN
  • Adrian Hawkins OBE, Chair, Skills Advisory Panel, Hertfordshire LEP
  • Prof. Julie Newlan MBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Business and International Development, University of Hertfordshire
  • Phil Healey, Dean, School of Creative Arts, University of  Hertfordshire
  • Gill Worgan, Principal and Chief Executive, West Herts College
  • Chris Mitchell, Principal of Elstree Screen Arts Academy
  • Emily Stillman, Senior Vice President, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden
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Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden

Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden is a state-of-the-art studio offering one of the largest production facilities in the UK. The 200-acre secure site has over 1 million ft2 of production space, one of the largest heated underwater filming tanks in Europe and an unrivalled, 150-acre backlot complete with exterior tank. Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden is home to 20 sound stages, production offices, workshops and support space that can accommodate productions of any scale, and has become the studio of choice for many filmmakers worldwide, including Tom Cruise, David Yates and Patty Jenkins.

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Value of Film and TV Sector

As part of its ongoing sector focus and Economic Recovery Plan, Hertfordshire LEP has commissioned an independent report into the value of the film and TV industry to the local and UK economy and identify what further actions will be needed to enable it to grow sustainably. This report will be launched following the conference and an industry-led taskforce will be established to capitalise on recent investment successes, turbo-charging the UK’s recovery and leveraging the local economic, social and environmental value from this activity.  The LEP’s AGM will take place on 9th December and will be publicised on this website: www.hertfordshirelep.co.uk 

 

Event summary

Delegates at Hertfordshire Local Enterprise’s Annual Conference –Spotlight on Film and TV - heard that the county was at the epicentre of the growth in the TV and film industry, and its rapid expansion could see the sector’s employment more than treble over the next decade.

The LEP’s Annual conference was broadcast live from Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden and brought together senior leaders and industry figures from Hertfordshire, Hollywood and beyond to identify how best to stimulate future investment, drive local job creation and spearhead skills development. 

Its first panel discussion ‘Boomtime for Hertfordshire’ focused on the recent scale of investment into the film and TV industry and featured. Dan Dark, OBE, Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. worldwide studio operations; Caroline Cooper, COO, Sky Studios; Dean Russell MP for Watford; Deirdre Wells OBE, CEO, Visit Herts and Go To Places; Cllr Morris Bright MBE, Chair, Board of Directors, Elstree Studios; Leader, Hertsmere Borough Council and David Conway, Chief Financial and Operations Officer, ITN.

The second panel discussion ‘Mind the Skills Gap’ brough together educators from across the Higher and Further Education sectors to debate the huge range of skills required to support the industry and how local people can benefit. It featured Chris Mitchell, Principal of Elstree Screen Arts Academy, Emily Stillman, Senior Vice President, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, Adrian Hawkins OBE, Chair, Skills Advisory Panel, Hertfordshire LEP; Prof. Julie Newlan MBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Business and International Development, University of Hertfordshire; Phil Healey, Dean, School of Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire and Gill Worgan, Principal and Chief Executive, West Herts College.

The conference aimed to put the spotlight firmly on the county’s film and TV sector which is fast becoming the new ‘Hollywood’, and is part of Hertfordshire LEP’s sector focus in its Economic Recovery Plan. The LEP recently commissioned an independent report into the value of the industry and is building an industry-led taskforce to develop an Action Plan which aims to capitalise on recent investment successes, helping to identify what will be needed to enable the industry to grow sustainably as well as leverage its economic, social and environmental value.

The debates focused not just on studio expansion, skills shortages and employment opportunities, but also on supporting the industry’s ‘long tail’ which includes supply chains, the wider business network and tourism potential.

 

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