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Late Night with James Corden indie Fulwell 73 is to build on its Netflix series Sunderland ’Til I Die with a permanent North East hub in the city.

Mel Rainbow, the production manager on two seasons of the football club documentary, is heading up Fulwell North, which aims to regenerate the region’s production infrastructure by investing in emerging talent.

The company, which already has bases in London and Los Angeles, plans to staff up and has a long-term ambition to invest in physical studio space in the region.

It has partnered with local development agency North Film + TV to support its NFM Crew Academy, which trains school leavers starting out in the industry.

Fulwell North is based in the University of Sunderland and formally opens of 1 October, with a networking event for young talent planned on 11 October.

The company was formed in 2005 by childhood friends Ben Winston, Leo Pearlman, Ben Turner and Gabe Turner, with Corden joining as a partner in 2017.

Its recent projects include a new feature adaptation of Cinderella for Amazon Prime, and Among the Stars, a six-part Disney+ factual series about space exploration, which is due for release next month.

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