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Film Manchester launches new diary service for region's freelance professionals

Production services company Film Manchester has announced the launch of a new diary service for freelance film and television professionals based in the north of England.

Film Manchester launches new diary service for region's freelance professionals

Suz Cruz North is a new service created in partnership with Film Manchester and London/Ibiza-based company Suz Cruz and will provide a comprehensive diary management service and booking system, as well as linking production companies on location in the north to the best talent the local regions have to offer.


Founded in 2016 by business partners Denise O’Doherty and Jen White, who collectively have more than 30 years’ experience working in production in the UK and worldwide, Film Manchester excels in its local knowledge and can offer expertise to companies filming on location requiring production staff, equipment hire and other professional services.


Suz Cruz was established in 1989 by Sue Yardley and Zoe Matthews to service the needs of freelance film crew and has grown an acclaimed reputation through its ability to provide experienced, professional crew to production companies across feature films, TV drama, commercials, music videos and corporate films.


Jen White, co-founder of Film Manchester, said: “This relationship marks a huge milestone for both businesses and demonstrates just how big the demand for freelance professionals has become in the north, as more and more production companies are drawn here due to the pool of talent and facilities available throughout the north of the UK.  

"This relationship marks a huge milestone for both businesses and demonstrates just how big the demand for freelance professionals has become in the north."
Jen White


“We’re so passionate about the north and know from our experience in the industry the quality and quantity of talent that’s available in the region. With Suz Cruz North we will be able to display the extensive network of professionals available for production companies and ensure we match-make the right crew based on our knowledge of the people we’ve worked with for so many years.”


Sue Yardley co-Director of Suz Cruz, said: “I set up the company with the aim of offering a diary service to benefit both crew and production companies. As the demand for experienced crew in the north of England has grown, I have for the last two years been looking to expand with like-minded professionals in the North who have that in-depth local knowledge and access to local crew. When I was approached by Film Manchester they demonstrated this in abundance and it was clear they were the right fit to help us grow the service in the north of England.”


“We’re hoping that the launch of Suz Cruz North will encourage those who work in a freelance capacity to join us so we can help manage their diaries when they’re on location, and ensure they don’t miss out on any work that will enable them to build their own networks with both national and international production companies,” added Denise O’Doherty, co-founder of Film Manchester.


Suz Cruz North membership is available to freelance professionals at a reduction rate for a limited time only. For more information, please visit www.suzcruznorth.co.uk.

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