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Peaky Blinders creator to bring media village to Birmingham

The media village is said to be full of new film and TV studios Credit: PA Images

Steven Knight, creator of the TV series "Peaky Blinders", has announced a new media village which will be based in Birmingham.

Work is reportedly set to start in March this year (2020) on Mercian Studios once contracts have been finalised and signed.

The multi-million pound media village is said to be full of new film and TV studios.

The privately-funded media village is also said to be "a two-minute walk" from the proposed Curzon Street HS2 station in Birmingham.

Steven Knight said: "We're hoping to make the announcement in March. I've been working with the city council, with Andy Street... We are so close to making this happen."

Steven also said that he will be working with British Film Institute and City of Birmingham University to help create apprenticeships.

He added that "The London Film Academy is opening a Birmingham Film Academy - specifically to train people - young and not so young."

“Studios are usually not slap bang in a city but my plan is to create a community and neighbourhood - a place where people live and work, as well as hang out."

"So there will be mixed used space available on the site for housing, restaurants, bars and restaurants."

"I can't say the exact location in Digbeth but this is prime real estate. The benefits will come to the city, not just in terms of the image of Birmingham. The film and television industry is one of the most fastest growing industries in the country. The most important thing is that we create jobs for people in the city - and not just technical media roles.

"Although there will be apprenticeships for young people, the great thing about my industry - is that it employs people across a whole range of disciplines we need electricians, carpenters, set builders, the list goes on! We want Brummies to get these jobs."

– Steven Knight

Steven also dismissed the idea that broadcasters such as the BBC and Channel 4 have so far chosen to ignore Birmingham's potential "media wise."

He said: "It’s the city's own fault we have been neglected media wise. We've not done anything about it. We've got to make it happen ourselves."

Birmingham is no stranger to welcoming big-budget film crews - Steven Spielberg transformed the city in 2016 as part of filming for 'Ready Player One.'

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