Endemol Shine North, part of the Endemol Shine Group, has rebranded its operations in northern England and will launch a Leeds-based office that will focus on producing true crime and documentary content.
Known as Workerbee, the indie will look to open the doors to its new Leeds office in 2019, led by executive producer Darrell Brown. News of the Manchester-based company’s plans to launch an office in the county of Yorkshire comes less than a week after UK pubcaster Channel 4 announced Leeds as its new national headquarters in an effort to increase the organization’s content spend and presence outside of London.
Additionally, the newly minted company will look to expand its reach within the Manchester area, moving its locally based team of more than 70 into a larger office space located within Allied London’s new development Tower 12.
“Our new identity reflects the fact that we are incredibly proud to be from Manchester, the worker bee being a long held emblem of the city,” said Murray, in a statement. “However, we are increasingly a global business, making shows for platforms and broadcasters around the world, where the ‘North’ in our identity is less relevant.”
Workerbee has, over the past 12 months, launched seven new titles across six different networks, including C&I’s Murdertown, Quest’s Goblin Works Garage, and Big NHS Singalong Live, the company’s first live, primetime commission.
Workerbee’s parent company, Dutch-based superindie producer and distributor Endemol Shine Group, announced earlier this week that the move to sell had been suspended by Endemol Shine’s co-owners, Apollo Global Management and 21st Century Fox.
Elsewhere, British commercial television operator UKTV will move its tech-focused operations team to a regional office in Leeds.
The innovation hub, which will open in the coming weeks, will initially house a team of 10 specialists who will work on strengthening UKTV’s content distribution capacity. The overall focus of the team will be to develop and grow the broadcasters digital platforms.
“Over the past three years we’ve completely redesigned our technology infrastructure to ensure we can react quickly to the evolving broadcast landscape and increased complexity of our distribution platforms,” said Sinead Greenaway, chief technology and operations officer, in a statement.
“Opening a regional technology innovation hub marks the next step in UKTV’s long-term growth strategy, enabling us to harness the skills and expertise of talent outside of London and support the creative industries in the regions.”