Jobs at risk but no final credits for Screen Yorkshire

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Jobs are set to go at Leeds-based film agency Screen Yorkshire, it has been confirmed.

A total of 19 people are currently employed at the city headquarters of the agency, which is responsible for promoting the White Rose county's cinema, broadcast and media industries.

Screen Yorkshire today said it had begun a consultation process with 15 staff regarding "the future of their posts".

Reports that the agency was on the verge of shutting down were, however, dismissed by a spokeswoman.

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She said the consultation was part of a wider structural review that included plans for the creation of an unspecified number of new roles.

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The spokesman acknowledged the net result of the changes would be a "reduced headcount" - but also stressed that, far from closing, the agency intended to press ahead with the delivery of ongoing contracts over the next 12 months.

News of the jobs consultation comes on the back of sweeping changes to UK movie industry funding announced by the Government in November.

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey at the time named Screen Yorkshire as one of eight regional film agencies that were to be merged into a single new body called Creative England.

It is understood, however, that Screen Yorkshire has since been exploring ways that it might be able to carry on as an organisation in its own right.

The agency's structural review is thought to have been launched to give it the best possible chance of making a successful case for its continued existence on cost effectiveness grounds.

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