Pinewood Studios has brought in a host of stars including Danny Boyle, Ridley Scott and Eric Fellner (Les Miserables) to back its latest plans to double production capacity after its original bid was blocked by the Government.

Manchester’s Peel Holdings Group is Pinewood’s majority shareholder (58.05%), through its Goodweather Investment Management subsidiary.

Richard Maddock has been promoted to by Bauer to become regional programme director for its North West radio stations.

He will remain as station and programme director for Radio City, City Talk and Magic 1548 in Liverpool, but the expanded role means he now has responsibility for Key 103 and Magic 1152 in Manchester, Rock FM and Magic 999 in Preston.

Swiss food brand, VeggieDay, has appointed Pelican PR to support its launch in the UK. It said it had turned to the Manchester agency because of its “track record in building food brands.”

SKV Communications has won a 3-way competitive pitch to provide a full service public relations programme for legal firm, Keoghs.

The Manchester-based agency plans to use regional, trade and national print and online media to raise awareness of the solicitors firm.

Tony Tighe says he’s using the 20th anniversary of Mere PR to embark on a new business drive, complete with a new website to look back at the last 2 decades of the agency.

He set up the agency in 1993 after leaving Greenwood Tighe Public Relations, a firm he founded and then sold to Euro RSCG (now Havas).

The Royal Institute of British Architects has opened up its city centre base to appeal to creatives.

The repositioning of the meeting space, which had previously been aimed purely at those working or with an interest in architecture, will see more exhibitions, seminars and talks held throughout the year to include other professional sectors.

The Futureproof Summit in Liverpool has confirmed some key names to talk to delegates about the digital and gaming sectors.

Colin Macdonald, the former Grand Theft Auto producer and now Channel 4’s commissioning editor for games, will join Red Bull brand experts, Michael Henderson and Robbie Dean; Miles Jacobson of Sports Interactive (the company behind Football Manager); Robin Wilson, the director of PR and social media at McCann Manchester; and a representative of Liverpool FC at the event.

BECTU has accused some production company bosses of being “in denial” about working conditions in factual television.

It comes following a nationwide survey run by the broadcasting union to support its “Say No To Exploition in TV” campaign.

Former Sun journalist, Steve Mullen, has set up a football betting newspaper based in Liverpool.

He’s employed "an editorial team of 10" to work on Football Extra, which is being distributed by Intermedia.

Johnston Press has turned to the experienced broadcaster, Andrew Glover, to take over as head of video.

Glover has for the last 4 years run multi-media training consultancy, Lush Places Media, with clients such as the Press Association.


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