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While clearly largely famous for being “the final frontier”, “space” is also notable for coming at something of a premium in many a caravan or motorhome.

A writer from Manchester has won a trip to Hollywood and a production budget of £25,000 after winning international film competition The Pitch. Simon Cookson's short film idea "The Light" was considered the best by a top industry panel which included Preston-born Oscar-winning animator Nick Park.

Motion design studio Mighty Giant will be providing all the graphics for CBBC's new series Fierce Earth, which starts this Thursday. Based at Manchester's Sharp Project, Mighty Giant won a four-way competitive pitch back in September to produce bespoke 3D graphics for every episode. Two 10-part series were commissioned and the resulting workload meant the studio had to double its team from two to four to cope.

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