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Lights, camera, action! H&F launches new digital hub for film and TV writers

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Image captionImage 1: Pictured is Oscar-winning screenwriter Emerald Fennell who was born in Hammersmith

The next generation of script writers and directors from Hammersmith & Fulham could soon be coming to a screen near you following in the footsteps of Emerald Fennell, whose screenplay won at this year’s Oscars.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has launched a new digital network with local partners to help create more jobs, homegrown talent and opportunities for local residents by further bolstering the borough’s booming media hub which includes the likes of ITV, DisneyUKTV, DAZN and Publicis Media.

The Digital Creative Network West in partnership with Upstream, West London Business and Creative Enterprise Zone West aims to foster and strengthen relationships and collaboration between large anchor organisations, start-ups and academia in H&F and neighbouring boroughs.

It is part of H&F’s Industrial Strategy which is bringing some of the best careers and start-up opportunities to our residents’ doorsteps as we make H&F the next global hotspot for media, STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths) industries, fashion and culture.

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Image caption: Image 2: Sheena Amin, Director of UKTV Ventures

One of the standout names to join the new network is Hammersmith-based UKTV Ventures - the award-winning media giant behind popular TV channels such as Dave, Gold, Eden and Yesterday.

“We are proud to be part of the borough's incredible wealth of innovation which through H&F's Industrial Strategy and Upstream will create new jobs and opportunities within the tech and creative industries," said Sheena Amin, Director of UKTV Ventures.

"I enjoyed speaking at the launch of the Digital Creative Network West and I’m looking forward to seeing the new Upstream project nurture a new community for people who’d like to work in the creative industry in West London. UKTV has had a presence in Hammersmith & Fulham for almost 20 years and I shared how our multi-million pound investment fund - UKTV Ventures - is helping accelerate the growth of digital consumer start-ups.”

Organisations of all sizes in the TV, film, gaming, advertising and digital creative industries are welcome to join the new network. Get in touch with Upstream for more details.

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“We want to provide local residents with more career opportunities in our thriving media and creative hub,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for the Economy.

“The new digital network forms part of the work we are doing with local partners to make H&F the next global powerhouse for the media, tech and digital industries which residents can enjoy, benefit and work in.”

Hammersmith and Fulham also continues to be one of the top box office locations in London for directors to shoot their next blockbuster hit.

The highly-anticipated latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, picked H&F to record some scenes with Hollywood stars Daniel Craig and Ralph Fiennes outside the Rutland Arms pub in Lower Mall, Hammersmith.

It is part of a long list of films made on the streets of H&F which includes classics such as The Exorcist and Trainspotting to more recent blockbusters like Bohemian Rhapsody – the celebrated biopic on legendary rock band Queen.

Find out more about our Industrial Strategy now (pdf 2.6MB).

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