Prolific North is committed to keeping our readers updated on the myriad ways COVID-19 is affecting the creative, marketing, media and tech sectors in the region and beyond. We'll be providing the most up-to-date information on our liveblog as well as expert insights into how companies are weathering this situation, which is affecting everyone's lives.

Read on to get the latest coronavirus news, as well as exploring the development opportunities and events available remotely for professionals across the region.


The animation studio has turned to a new solution to allow props for its latest Shaun the Sheep production to be sterilised faster.

Sinead Rocks

Channel 4 celebrates the first anniversary of its new Leeds HQ this week and Sinead Rocks admits, with some understatement, that “it’s been a year of challenges”.


Indian tech firm WOWSOME XR has been awarded a grant from the UK government’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, to develop a platform to help the night-time and cultural economy in Manchester.

Pixel Kicks

Manchester digital agency Pixel Kicks has been appointed as the digital partner of Altrincham FC.

A new Smart City project has been launched today, to find ground-breaking technology solutions to positively improve the quality of life for people and businesses post-pandemic.

Jim Mullen

Reach PLC, owner of the Manchester Evening News and Liverpool Echo, has said it is performing “materially ahead of market expectations” after reporting a 57% drop in pre-tax profit to £25.2m for the six months to June 28th.

Creative Spark

Manchester strategic branding agency Creative Spark has created the brand for Peazi, a new phone app that enables the hospitality industry to operate safely.

Production on Coronation Street has been disrupted after an actor tested positive for coronavirus.

Leeds Digital Festival

The Leeds Digital Festival has announced the programme for its second edition of 2020, with 294 events taking place from September 21st to October 2nd.

The Premier League’s “small-screen extravaganza” is to continue this month for the start of the 2020/21 season, with all 28 fixtures being televised, including on the BBC.


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