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Image credit: Aardman Animations

Our region creates internationally-renowned films, TV shows, and video games.

From the Oscar-winning Aardman Animations to the creators of the chart-topping game Plague Inc., the creative industries in Bristol & Bath have a significant cultural impact. Over 800 million people each month watch digital content produced in Bristol & Bath, and 35% of all global natural history television is produced here.

Impressive reach on an international scale

£ 650 m £650 million total Gross Value Added (NESTA)
6000 More than 6,000 creative businesses
190 + Over 190 production companies

Over 190 production companies based in the West of England

These include Plimsoll Productions, one of the UK’s largest and fastest-growing independent TV production companies, as well as RDF West, Offspring Films, and True to Nature. Other media companies in the region include Channel 4, Netflix, the BBC, Oscar-winning Aardman Animations, and the Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications (CAMERA).

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Natural history and creativity in the region

Our region has an impressive range of film and TV production companies and a fine heritage of broadcasting and media production.

The region hosts one of only three location hubs for the BBC (London, Manchester and Bristol), and Channel 4 has opened its new creative hub in Bristol. BBC Bristol produces a variety of globally-renowned radio, drama, factual and wildlife programmes including the BBC's Natural History Unit, the world’s largest concentration of firms producing wildlife content.

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[Dramatic instrumental music plays in the background] The video shows different footage of productions made out of the South West including Our Planet, Rebecca, Bridgerton, Robin Robin.

Dr Amy Frost, Senior Curator No.1 Royal Crescent "Featuring in a show, as watched, as influential as Bridgerton has been incredible, we've definitely seen an increase in visitors following other programme and films that Bath has featured in"

Monty Hill, Co-Founder, Eco Shoots "The kind of impact Netflix has had across the region has been massive really, from hotel bookings to restaurant reservations, through to crew bookings, and supply connections as well."

Harry Bret, Owner, Courtyard Café "We had all the cast and crew down for three to four days over a period of two months. They all came down, they all had coffees and teas, they hung out here, this was their sort of relax area"

Dr Amy Frost, Senior Curator No.1 Royal Crescent "If we can get young people interested in Georgian history, in Bath as a city, in our museums, it makes the work that we do as a sector in the South West relevant. That's extraordinary".

Netflix 'Made in the South West'

Showcasing some of the fantastic productions made out of the South West including Our Planet, Rebecca, Bridgerton, Robin Robin.

We're home to the MyWorld creative hub, which connects regional and national partners with global tech giants such as Netflix and Microsoft.

The Bottle Yard Studios

The Bottle Yard Studios in South Bristol is the largest film and TV studio in the region.

11 stages are available, eight at the main site and three at TBY2, the Studios' neighbouring £12m facility which opened in 2022 offering premium sound-proofed shooting space, powered by a 1MWp PV array believed to be the largest community-owned solar rooftop in the UK and the largest PV installation on any UK studio.

Bristol UNESCO City of Film

In 2017 Bristol was designated UNESCO City of Film, recognising the city's achievements as a world leader in the field of film and the moving image.

Bristol City of Film is working to further increase access to a diverse range of viewing experiences across the city, creating more opportunities for audiences to watch films in a broad range of different settings, from outdoor screenings to free film festival events. Bristol City of Film also supports a number of screen heritage and archive initiatives that are documenting the city’s film history to ensure its preservation for the future.

UNESCO City of Film

Bristol is one of one of 21 UNESCO Cities of Film worldwide and was designated UNESCO City of Film in 2017. This is a permanent status to celebrate the city’s achievements as a global leader in film and the moving image. The city is also a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network , which connects more than 300 cities with the common goal of celebrating cultural diversity and sustainable development.

Building on Bristol’s film industry, the Bristol City of Film project aims to further integrate UNESCO’s ethos into local film culture. The project is increasing the diversity of local access and engagement with film culture, improving access to employment within the industry and maintaining a skilled and diverse workforce and supporting cross-cultural initiatives locally and via the UNESCO network.

Design and publishing

The Bristol & Bath region has a particularly strong print and digital publishing sector. According to NESTA, the activity of the publishing sector in Bath is twice the UK average. Major publishers such as Future, Anthem Publishing, Mediaclash, and ShiftActive Media are based in the city.

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Growing and diverse gaming sector

Bristol & Bath features a growing and diverse gaming sector, including developers specialising in animation, publishing, VR and AR. The developers behind some of the most popular games work in the region, including Plague Inc. developer Ndemic Creations . The regional sector also includes the non-profit Bristol Games Hub, as well as the media and entertainment companies Network N and Yogscast , respectively.

  • IT, software and computer services
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Music and performing arts
  • Architecture
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Leaders in post-production, AR, VR and animation

The region benefits from a wealth of expertise in post-production, editing, animation and augmented and virtual realities (AR and VR). Companies of all types and sizes are based here – from start-ups, scale-ups, and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to global brands.

Some global names include Strava, Cookpad, Buro Happold, and the designers of the Garden of the Bay Giants Associates.

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