Screen and Film School Manchester welcome BAFTA-winning producer Nicola Shindler as Patron

17 June, 2022

Screen and Film School Manchester are delighted to officially announce that the hugely successful, multi-BAFTA-winning producer Nicola Shindler OBE has become our second Patron. Nicola joins fellow patron Fabian Wagner as a close industry associate and champion of the Film School.

Furthermore, Nicola’s production company, Quay Street Productions, have agreed to become a new industry partner. Quay Street Productions is an independent production company set up by Nicola in 2021, with the aim of making contemporary, provocative, and engaging drama for U.K. and global audiences.

Nicola is a prolific, multi award-winning British television producer, who has worked with some of the most lauded names in television and has created some of its most memorable television. Born and raised in Greater Manchester, she has enjoyed a career which has spanned almost three decades, has seen her win a remarkable eleven BAFTAs and work on countless successful television series, including classic British dramas such as Queer as Folk, Clocking Off, Years and Years and Happy Valley (pictured), to name just a few.

Our brand-new industry partner, Quay Street Productions, is based in Manchester. They concentrate on putting writers and talent at the centre of the production process. Welcoming voices from all different backgrounds, they promote a diversity of storytelling by working with new and established writers.

Renowned for her relationships with writers, Nicola has worked with an array of the UK’s most prolific and exciting writing talent including Russell T Davies, Sally Wainwright, Lenny Henry, Paul Abbot, Dan Sefton, Tony Marchant, Amelia Bullmore, Danny Brocklehurst, Matt Greenhalgh and Sarah Solemani, on series starring some of the world’s leading on-screen names. Most recently, she was the Executive Producer on the hugely popular dramas Ridley Road (pictured), The Stranger, Stay Close, Finding Alice, Traces, No Return and It’s a Sin. She is also the founder of not one but two production companies; before Quay Street which launched in 2021, she founded Red Production Company in 1998.

In 2019, Nicola was awarded an OBE and took home one of BAFTA’s highest honours, the Special Award, for her services to British Broadcasting. Here is what Nicola had to say about becoming a Patron and industry partner:

“Quay Street Productions is thrilled to support emerging talent in Manchester – especially in Film Business and Production. As the number of companies, productions and roles increases in the UK, we are incredibly excited to be part of empowering the next generation to pursue a career in this vital part of the industry.”

Our College Principal in Manchester, David Thompson, is equally thrilled with the announcement:

“We are truly honoured to have Nicola Shindler as our Patron. Her success, outstanding body of work and championing of the North, mark her out above all others. In our recent masterclass, Nicola was incredibly generous with her time and gave away invaluable industry insight to our students. Nicola joins us at this most exciting time, with the launch of her new company Quay Street Productions, near our campus here in Enterprise City, it adds another layer to the opportunities students have at their fingertips at Screen and Film School Manchester.”

Judith Suckling, our Head of Industry and Careers in Manchester, had this to say:

“At Screen and Film School Manchester we are delighted that Nicola and Quay Street Productions have agreed to work with us as our new Patron and Industry Partner. Nicola’s career has always been a huge inspiration to me personally. When I was thinking of a female, northern voice who could inspire our aspiring filmmakers, Nicola was the most influential person that came to mind. Her career is nothing short of amazing and I can’t wait to see how she will nourish our next generation of talent.”

The words of David and Judith echo the sentiments of everyone involved with Screen and Film School Manchester. We are all delighted that somebody with Nicola’s reputation has agreed to be associated so closely with the Film School and equally happy that Quay Street Productions are now our industry partner. We look forward to witnessing all of the benefits this provides to our students in the coming years.



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