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Granada’s iconic Quay Street studios have been sold to Manchester Quays Ltd - a development partnership between Allied London and Manchester City Council.
They’ve signed a deal, conditional on planning consent, to buy the 13.5 acre complex for £26.5m.

Red Production Company has started shooting the second series of BAFTA-winning drama, Last Tango in Halifax.

Derek Jacobi (Vicious,The Borgias) and Anne Reid (Upstairs Downstairs, Marchlands) reprise their roles as Alan and Celia for the 6-part BBC One series.

The 20th Bradford International Film Festival will take place between 27th March and 6th April next year, with a Widescreen Weekend from the 10th to 13th April.

Running in partnership with Virgin Media, Festival organisers have already confirmed the UK premiere of Gabe Klinger’s debut film, Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater.

IMAX is installing a screen at the Trafford Centre, marking the 15th to be operated by the Odeon and UCI Cinemas Group.
Odeon’s first IMAX theatre was at the Printworks in Manchester and today’s announcement means it’s become the largest IMAX exhibitor in Western Europe

Paul Honey at The Composer Works has been commissioned to score the second series of BBC One comedy, Blandings.

Based at MediaCityUK, the composer was behind the music on series one of the PG Wodehouse tale.

Singer Charlotte Church will deliver this year’s BBC Radio 6 Music Peel Lecture at the Radio Festival in Salford.

Each year the lecture invites a notable figure to lead a debate and create insight around music and music related media. Church will talk about women and their representation in the music industry.

Inward investment agency, MIDAS has linked up with the organisers of the Children’s Media Conference to launch Manimation: The Manchester Animation Festival this Autumn.
Local companies will get priority booking for the event before general registration opens from Monday (30th September).

Richard Bacon will be fronting a new daytime quiz show, Show Me The Telly, which will be produced out of MediaCityUK.
Made my ITV Studios’ Shiver Productions, the 20x60minute series will see 3 television legends playing against a bunch of friends, family or colleagues to see who has the best TV trivia.

Independent production company Red Productions, has finally confirmed it is to move its HQ from Granada's former base at Quay St to a 4800sq ft facility within dock10’s new production hub at MediaCity. As part of the move, dock10 will also become Red’s preferred post-production supplier.

The latest offering in CBBC's 'Deadly' series will be broadcast in October when explorer and naturalist Steve Blackshall – and his crew – embark on an attempt to circumnavigate the planet.

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