1. Can you tell us a bit about The Space Project and what you do?
The Space Project is home to award-winning TV shows such as ‘Cold Feet’, ‘Dragons Den’ and ‘The A Word’. It is Manchester’s purpose built production facility, offering high end content production space for TV, film and advertising. Our client list includes major broadcasters such as BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky alongside key agency and production companies.
In addition to our extremely busy current schedule, we’re looking forward to the opening of our 90, 000 sq ft site expansion, including a new 30,000 sq ft stage in the autumn.
Located just five minutes from Manchester city centre, The Space Project currently features five stages totalling 55,000 sq.ft alongside wardrobe, make up, production and workshop space, all designed to provide the very best experience for our clients.
We want to put Manchester and the North West very much at the centre of content production in the UK and by developing the site, expanding our client base and collaborating across the region, we will achieve that ambition.
2. What made you sign up as an exhibitor at Prolific North Live?
With the ongoing expansion of The Space Project we want to meet production teams across TV, film and advertising not just from Manchester but further afield and Prolific North Live gives us a great opportunity to do this.
We will be sharing a stand with our sister site, The Sharp Project, so we have the opportunity to meet a wide range of potential clients as well as catch up with existing ones.
It’s a great opportunity for our team to shout about what makes making television in Manchester such a positive experience, why are clients keep returning.
3. What are you looking forward to bringing to the event?
We are looking forward to showcasing the huge range of facilities we can offer productions on-site – not just stages but unit base parking, office and event space.
It will be a showcase for some of the content produced onsite since the last Prolific North Live.
4. What excites you most about the North’s media and creative sectors?
The North West is now considered a key UK location for TV, film and advertising production.
We are passionate about making the region even more successful and with such a diverse and exciting range of production companies, facilities and talent alongside what we can uniquely offer, we are confident of this ambition being achieved.
5. Why is the North such an exciting place to be right now for creative and digital businesses?
The television and film industry is booming, not just at places like The Space Project and MediaCityUK but right across the region. The more that is made in the North, the more it puts us on the map as a serious player in the sector. The spin-off benefits to a diverse range of creative and digital businesses are immeasurable and the creative and digital economy is growing at a fantastic rate.
6. If The Space Project could have a dinner party with three people, dead or alive, who would they be?
We’d like to think first about where we’d host this dinner and as our SPACE 02 has just being used as a giant green screen for a commercial shoot, we’d set it there. We’d ask our full time tenants to rig and light the set before filming it and sending it round the world.
We’d limit the guestlist to people currently on site so the Cold Feet cast would be invited as they’d no doubt be good company. It wouldn’t harm to get a bit of friendly business advice from a Dragon so we’d probably have Peter Jones at the table and lastly John Logie Baird so we can show him what he started.
We know that’s more than three but we’ve easily got the space…..