Between 2015 and 2018, employment in the Yorkshire and Humber screen industries increased by 116% (compared to 11% nationally).

Despite this increase, the industries of the region faced and continue to face unprecedented challenges. From talent and skills shortages, to the growth of artificial intelligence (AI) and immersive technology, a lack of diversity in the workforce, the difficulties in bringing new products to market, and the coronavirus crisis, there has never been a more pressing need for support in the screen industries.

Through a comprehensive, three-year programme, SIGN experts researched the issues and found innovative ways to combat them, with diversity and inclusion prioritised across all activities. 

The work of SIGN built upon and extended the work of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Creative Economy Programme, including XR Stories; Innovate UK’s Audiences of the Future Programme, including Weavr; the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Digital Economy Programme, including Digital Creativity Labs; and the work of Screen Yorkshire, the British Film Institute (BFI) and ScreenSkills.