230 new TV jobs for Scotland

23 Aug 2011

Television production company Shed Productions has announced plans to expand its operations in Scotland.

Production for the BBC show, Waterloo Road, will move to Scotland from April 2012, creating around 230 new jobs in Glasgow. The move, which was announced by BBC Scotland today, will generate almost £25 million in direct investment over the next two years.

Shed will base production in Glasgow and Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International are working with the company to support the relocation and identify appropriate filming locations around the West of Scotland. The company opened its Glasgow office in 2008  at Pacific Quay, supported by a regional selective assistance grant from the Scottish Government.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: "This is a significant announcement from Shed Media and the BBC and I am delighted to welcome Waterloo Road to Scotland.

"Having a major returning drama series here, made by an independent producer, will be a huge boost to Scotland's broadcasting sector and to our creative industries as a whole.

"Not only will it lead directly to more jobs in Scotland, it also represents a massive vote of confidence in the capacity and skills base of the Scottish television production sector. I am sure that the move will be a success, and that it will help to attract, develop and retain talent within Scotland."

Linda McPherson, creative industries director at Scottish Enterprise, added: "This announcement could prove to be a real game changer for the industry in Scotland.

"Aside from the direct employment resulting from this announcement, we cannot underestimate the knock-on effects this will have for the economy and the tremendous credibility boost for Scotland's creative industries.

"We hope that this announcement will reinforce Scotland's position internationally as a great location for production companies to locate and invest and will be continuing to work with Shed and provide support to help bring these exciting plans to fruition."

Shed Productions which is part of Shed Media Group ,  has been responsible for a number of hit UK television shows, including Bad Girls and Footballers Wives.

Source: Scottish Enterprise - Shed Productions expands in Scotland