Northern Film & Media has grown its Board with the addition of a leading film producer and culture tsar.
Alison Clark-Jenkins, Arts Council England’s Director for the North and National Director of Combined Arts, and Slumdog Millionaire producer Ivana MacKinnon have recently joined the BALTIC-based agency’s board.
They will join former chief executive of Gateshead Council, Sir Les Elton, distinguished TV producer Tom Gutteridge, and senior accountant Doug Johnson in steering NFM. As well as supporting local businesses and professionals in the media industry NFM has recently been instrumental in attracting to the region a host of successful productions, such as ITV’s Vera, BBC’s The Paradise, and the Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave’s feature film Song for Marion.
Film and television producer Ivana MacKinnon began her career at Celador Films and now runs the BFI award winning Stray Bear Productions. She has worked on hits including Slumdog Millionaire and Newcastle-born director Neil Marshall’s horror The Descent, as well Marshall’s Roman action movie Centurion, starring Dominic West and Michael Fassbender. Her current project is War Book, a film written by Jack Thorne, creator of Channel 4’s Skins, and directed by Tom Harper (Misfits).
MacKinnon commented: "I am really excited about helping to shape opportunities for talent in the region and to contribute to the brilliant work NFM are already doing.”
Previously Arts Council England’s regional director in the North East, Alison Clark-Jenkins has recently taken up the Manchester-based role of Director for the North, National Director of Combined Arts. Originally from the North East, Clark-Jenkins managed combined arts and theatre projects in Liverpool and Nottingham, before moving to the Arts Council, where she successfully negotiated an innovative funding model approach to recent local authority cuts.
Clark-Jenkins said: “I am delighted to be joining NFM’s board at a time when a range of new partnerships is bearing fruit – not only in film and television, but also in exciting newer areas such as digital arts.”
Welcoming the appointments NFM chair Sir Les Elton said: “We are excited and extremely proud to welcome such outstanding creative figures to our organisation. There’s no denying that the last few years have been challenging for the creative sector, but we are looking forward to the future with confidence. Ivana’s inside knowledge of film production at the highest levels of creative and commercial excellence, and Alison’s wealth of experience in senior arts development and arts funding will prove invaluable in helping to make our plans for the future a reality.”
The agency, which supports film, television and digital media production in the region and across the UK, is currently partnering with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership on a Regional Growth Fund bid which would see up to £5m ring-fenced to help grow the creative sector in the North East.