Television group Shed Media, which has created TV programmes such as Waterloo Road, Supernanny, Who do You Think You Are, New Tricks and Bad Girls has announced that it is to open its first Scottish office.
The office will open next year within the new Digital Media Quarter (DMQ) at Glasgow’s Pacific Quay.
The announcement coincided with the official launch of the DMQ and where the company will join The Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design Studio (DDS), which is moving to the location early next year, as a key tenant of the quarter.
Regional Selective Assistance support from the Scottish Government of up to £100,000 is being made available to Shed, with additional Training Plus funding amounting to around £30,000 spread over three years.
The aim of the DMQ, developed by Scottish Enterprise, is to provide a highly distinctive and dedicated business location for Scotland’s digital media and related industries, providing a physical focus for these activities in the city and the site. It extends to around five hectares, forming part of the wider Pacific Quay area, which is home to BBC Scotland, Scottish Media Group, XFM Scotland, Film City Glasgow and Glasgow Science Centre. The Digital Media and Creative Industries in Scotland account for around £2.8 billion in economic terms and employs an estimated 100,000.
Shed’s chief rxecutive, Eileen Gallagher, said: “This is a perfect location for us. We are next door to our major customers at BBC Scotland and as part of The Hub we are neighbours to the brightest digital innovators in the UK. Our plan is to produce many leading programme brands from Scotland and to develop creative digital content around them for UK and international audiences.
Adrian Gillespie, director of Scottish Enterprise’s digital markets and enabling technologies team said: “The DMQ project is aimed at bringing together digital media content developers, broadcasters and publishers, communication technology companies, research and development institutions and related technologies working across the media. The vision is to create a centre of excellence and a dynamic focus for the digital media industries in Scotland.
“The project is taking advantage of the international trend whereby new media communities have clustered in inner city areas and aims to develop a high quality business environment, specifically tailored to meet the needs of this sector with ‘smart’, flexible buildings with access to a broad range of technologies.”