A new £18m TV and film production creative hub – designed for media innovation – will bring technological solutions to Birmingham, as the city’s creatives explore new platforms.
A planning application has been submitted for Fazeley Street, Digbeth, which would see five existing and derelict heritage buildings changed for independent TV production and content developers to use for a creative hub. Producers will work with broadcasters at the new area for film, TV, games and virtual production. The facility – costing £18m – will resident in a 50,000 sq ft space after cash injections from Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP).
Anita Bhalla, GBSLEP Board Director for Creative and Culture said: “GBSLEP’s investment of £3m reflects our commitment to the creative industries which we see as a priority sector that stimulates inclusive economic growth and a catalyst for job creation. The Creative Content Hub will be an exciting addition to the media landscape and at the heart of innovative production in the region. It’s also an exciting step towards creating a TV, film and multimedia cluster in the heart of Birmingham’s Creative Quarter, in Digbeth.
“As a LEP we work with our public, private and academic partners to identify opportunities of growth in our region and the Creative Content Hub is an example of how we have come together to create a cohesive offering for businesses in the creative industries. Crucially, GBSLEP’s investment means the funding gap for this project has been filled and it can now be moved to the next stage of development.’’