A NEW company based in Ryde has launched to make film, TV and web programmes with a mission to tell stories from the Isle of Wight.

People Media Productions is currently working on a series of short films tackling mental health for the NHS.

There are also several broadcast projects being developed for the BBC, Netflix and Channel 4 as well promotional videos for Island-based charities and public organisations.

Co-founder, former Channel 4 and BBC producer, Tony Steyger, said: "The Island is rejuvenating and rediscovering its ability to harness creativity and innovation. With these endeavours come new ventures, jobs and growth and we're excited to play a part in that.

"The pandemic has hit the mental health and job prospects of teenagers badly so if we can provide some practical support by way of developing career skills and life chances, we will."

While teaching TV Production at Solent University, Tony focused on generating professional experience for his students to help their career prospects on Island-based projects for Bestival, Cowes Week and for the BBC.

These included work with Island Pride UK, Vectis Radio and the groundbreaking sonic treatment for Tinnitus.

In addition, People Media Productions has already arranged partnerships and collaborations with the Isle of Wight College, Filmwight, Vectis Radio and others.

Barbara Jane Mackie, PMP co-founder, is a screenwriter and former BBC drama producer and script editor, developing award-winning series such as Dalziel and Pascoe, Dangerfield and Bad Company. 

Barbara said: “I’m keen to see dramas set in our rich and evocative landscape and we have a screenplay, The Last Chance Mommas, which is now ready to film here, as well as the short story Sea Change, so we are looking for partners.”

Jon Stone, who heads up the TV production department at the IW College, said: “I am excited by the opportunity for my students to get real world experience, giving them a fighting chance to enter the creative industries".

More information on this exciting new production company can be found at www.peoplemediaproductions.com