Your Noon Briefing: TV and film production fund, David Dinsmore, etc

BEGINS an announcement issued by the Scottish Government: “A new £1.75m Production Growth Fund will give film and TV producers a new incentive to base their productions in Scotland.

“Announced today by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop, the fund is designed to stimulate growth in film and TV production by providing an additional incentive for major international productions to come to Scotland, as well as increasing funding available for Scottish productions.

“This will give Scotland a competitive edge in addition to its already internationally renowned crews, talent and locations.

“The funding will enhance Scotland’s ability to compete for higher value production work, support industry growth, generate significant economic benefits and create new, high quality training and employment opportunities.”

The story is picked up by, among others, STV (here) and The Herald (here).

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AND begins the trade website, “Rebekah Brooks has been confirmed as chief executive officer of News UK, with Tony Gallagher becoming editor-in-chief of The Sun.

“Current Sun editor, [Scot] David Dinsmore, is being moved to the role of chief operating officer.

“Announcing his departure to staff, current News UK chief executive, Mike Darcey, said: “It is with some sadness that I have to tell you that I am leaving News UK after three fascinating years.

“I’m sure there will be new challenges and opportunities in the future, but I will miss this building, the people and our wonderful papers.”

Read more, here. re-tweeted (via its the news yesterday, soon after it was issued as a tweet by Press Gazette.

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SCHOOL pupils from across Scotland are to “build many of the country’s most famous landmarks in a virtual world” as part of a digital technology initiative by BBC Scotland.

Says the Corporation: “The virtual representations will then be reproduced through 3D printing to create a map which will be showcased at a final event in spring.

“The Build It Scotland project is part of the BBC’s Make It Digital initiative to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology.”

Read more, here.

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THE broadcasting regulators, Ofcom, has today announced the appointment of two, new Advisory Committee for Scotland members.

Says the watchdog: “The new members are Amanda Bryan, a rural development consultant, and John Trower, an advisor to the private equity industry and founding member of staff at Scottish Telecom.”

Read more, here.

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