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East of England

The games industry in there region has grown considerably since 2006 and there are an estimated 400 people working in the industry. Cambridge is home to one of the UK's main games development clusters, including companies such as Jagex.

There are around 400 people working in corporate and commercial production industry.

In the East of England support facilities, which include TV and film studios, have an established track record; GoldenEye, Star Wars, Sleepy Hollow and the Harry Potter series were all based at Leavesden Studios. In Borehamwood, BBC Elstree has hosted EastEnders and Holby City, with Elstree Film and Television Studios productions including Gangster No.1 and Enigma. Other studios include Studio 2000, Epic Studios in Norwich, and the more specialist Underwater Studio in Basildon. There is a workforce of 6,700 in the region.

Warner Bros, Parallax East and the Content Providers are located in the East of England. The region also has a range of multiplex and commercial independent cinemas. Screen East invests in projects that aim to increase audiences in rural and urban areas of the region that are underserved by cinemas. The region is particularly strong on organisations focusing on archive work. Around 100 people in the film industry live in the region.

There are 1,100 people working in the interactive media industry in the region.

There are over 2,500 people working in photo imaging in the region. Larger employers in the region include two big manufacturers, Fujifilm UK in Bedford and Kodak in Hemel Hempstead. There are a number of schools photography companies in the region employing 8-15 people as well as franchised retail outlets and privately owned camera shops.

There are over 1,200 individuals working in the radio industry. BBC Radio has stations across the region and over 27 commercial stations broadcast across AM, FM and DAB. A further 10 stations have community licences.

ITV Anglia and BBC East produce regional news. In Norwich, Town House TV produces the daily Trisha Goddard Show for Five. Imago Productions make a diverse range of programmes. Eye Film & TV works across documentary, drama and corporate production and is involved in training. In Wortham, Bungalow Town Productions make and distribute award-winning feature documentaries for worldwide cinema and television. There are around 900 people employed in the industry.

Source: Skillset Sector Skills Assessment 2010, Skillset AACS LMI report 2010, Computer Games Labour Market Intelligence 2010, Facilities Labour Market Intelligence 2009, Film Labour Market Intelligence Digest 2010, Interactive Media Labour Market Intelligence Digest 2009, Photo Imaging Labour Market Intelligence Digest 2009, Radio Labour Market Intelligence Digest 2009 and TV Labour Market Intelligence Digest 2009