David Yates, Director of the final four Harry Potter films and Fantastic Beasts, legendary actor Alison Steadman and multi award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern have also pledged their support while the city’s bid has been endorsed at the Houses of Parliament.
Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger, who is vice-chair of the Channel 4 All Party Parliamentary Group, has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) noting Liverpool’s exciting bid, the city’s extraordinary cultural prowess and “the positive impact of the employment and training opportunities this move could provide the city, and the wider North West”.
It has so far been co-signed by Liverpool MPs Stephen Twigg, Maria Eagle and Louise Ellman as well as Wirral South MP Alison McGovern and Cheshire’s Weaver Vale MP Mike Amesbury.
To underline the support the city has received across the city’s cultural sector, a series of video interviews are to be released this afternoon which includes celebrated designer Wayne Hemingway.
The endorsements, which also features top TV chef Paul Askew and a new technology group called Liverpool Girl Geeks, will appear on twitter from 3pm today on the council’s Film Office platform @FilmLiverpool
They are as follows:
David Yates, who was recently made a Citizen of Honour by Liverpool City Council for his contribution to film, said: “Liverpool is a place that inspired me, excited me and enthralled me growing up, and it inspires me now when I go back there to film.”
Alison Steadman, whose career has included critically acclaimed TV and film performances from Abigail’s Party and Pride and Prejudice to Gavin & Stacey, said: “Liverpool is an amazing, vibrant, growing cityâ¦ I honestly can’t think of a better location for the Channel 4 HQ.”
Wayne Hemmingway, who curates the annual Vintage on the Dock festival on Liverpool’s World Heritage waterfront, said: “HemingwayDesign have been working in Liverpool for quite a while now and have seen it go from strength to strength. Culturally, it’s amazing.”
Jimmy McGovern, famed for writing Cracker, The Accused, Hillsborough and recent Bafta winner Broken, said: “Liverpool is full of wonderfully creative people, and if you commit to us, I promise you that all of these wonderful creatives and wonderful storytellers will fully commit to Channel4.”
Paul Askew, Head Chef at the Art School and TV regular on shows such as Saturday Kitchen, said: “We’ve got the creative edge, artistic edge, the sporting culture, the food cultureâ¦ If you come to Liverpool, come to ArtSchoolLiverpool and I’ll do a lovely dinner for you.”
Robyn Dooley, Managing Director of OH, a company which provides alternative forms of education for creative people, said: “We’re a city filled with creativity, imagination, and we’re also a city with a great deal of community.”
Chelsea Slater, Liverpool Girl Geeks, said: “Channel4, make Liverpool your home like I did 10 years ago. We are diverse, inclusive, we have an amazing culture. We have some fantastic organisations like l Liverpool Girl Geeks and Innovate Her, who are trying to get more women into technology, and we have a fantastic community here.”
Liverpool, which has aspirations to create one of the largest Film Studios in the UK at the former Littlewoods Building on Edge Lane and is also developing a new creative quarter – Ten Streets, has several ready to go, high quality locations to show to the station.
The city, which established Europe’s first Film Office and is now the most filmed outside of London with £90m of productions currently in the pipeline, has also created a bid steering group that includes Liverpool John Moores University whose Screen School is recognised as one of the UK’s leading film faculties, with partnerships around the world.
Channel 4 News, fronted by University of Liverpool alumni Jon Snow, is to also open three new news bureaux, with a trebling of news jobs in the nations and regions by 2020, while spend on shows made by TV production companies based outside London will rise from £169m annually to about £350m a year by 2023.