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BBC Children’s boss Godwin to leave next year

BBC Children’s boss Godwin to leave next year

Joe Godwin, who led BBC Children’s move to MediaCityUK is to step down next year, to become director of BBC Academy in Birmingham. The BBC will be advertising for his replacement in the next few weeks. Godwin has been director of BBC Children’s since 2009, managing its move to Salford. He also led the department’s co-productions with Sesame […]

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Sinead Rocks named as new controller of BBC Learning

Sinead Rocks named as new controller of BBC Learning

Sinead Rocks has been appointed controller of BBC Learning, based at MediaCityUK. Rocks had been the acting controller since Marach, when Saul Nassé left to take up the role of chief executive of the English language arm of Cambridge Assessment. She will lead the BBC’s education strategy in Salford, Bristol and London, and will also […]

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MediaCityUK animator turns to Kickstarter to make film

MediaCityUK animator turns to Kickstarter to make film

Some of the leading animators in the country are backing MediaCityUK-based Animation Toolkit founder, Westley Wood as he seeks to make his debut feature, Pooch Proposal. Having worked as a puppet maker for Mackinnon and Saunders, before joining Cosgrove Hall and then CITV, Wood has been able to call on help from some well known names. And he’s […]

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MediaCityUK central to never.no expansion

MediaCityUK central to never.no expansion

never.no, a company specialising in integrating social media into traditional broadcasting, is planning to increase its output from MediaCityUK. It comes following the appointment of Scott Davies as its global CEO. Davies, previously its vice president EMEA is based at The Landing and takes over from founder, Lars Lauritzen. “Not only are we right on the doorstep […]

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Freelancers offered free drama production courses at MediaCityUK

Freelancers offered free drama production courses at MediaCityUK

MediaCityUK will play host to free drama production courses, organised by Creative Skillset and the BBC Academy. Get Your Next Job in TV Drama is a day-long session of panels, networking and training for beginner and entry-level freelancers. Events are taking place in Manchester and Birmingham. “This is a great chance to learn more about building a […]

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SIS appoints head of digital rights

SIS appoints head of digital rights

SIS, which is based in the Blue Tower at MediaCityUK, has appointed David Johnson as its head of digital rights. He joins the sports data and content provider from Perform Group as SIS plans to secure key partnerships in sport and to develop new products online. “I’m thrilled to be joining SIS at such an exciting time in the […]

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MediaCityUK is driving a major change in the broadcasting sector

MediaCityUK is driving a major change in the broadcasting sector

The success of MediaCityUK is encouraging more people to head to Manchester and Salford, rather than London to progress their careers. That’s the view of Patrick Steel, the head of commercial at Dock 10. Speaking exclusively to Prolific North, he said there never had been a lack of talent in the region, but the growth […]

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Naga Munchetty to replace Susanna Reid on BBC Breakfast

Naga Munchetty to replace Susanna Reid on BBC Breakfast

Naga Munchetty is to replace Susanna Reid as a presenter on BBC Breakfast. The 39-year-old will present the MediaCityUK-based show alongside Charlie Stayt from Thursday to Saturday, with main hosts Louise Minchin and Bill Turnbull presenting from Monday to Wednesday. Munchetty started her career as a financial journalist on the London Evening Standard and The […]

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