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Tom Harvey

Tom Harvey

Tom is Chief Executive of Nothern Film & Media in Newcastle.

The company invests in creative people, ideas and companies, working on a range of platforms across film, television, web, mobile, games and music.

Tom raised the £2.4m Creative Content Fund managed by North Star Ventures. Over the last five years Tom has raised £6m now invested in a range of projects from television dramas like George Gently, Joe Maddison’s War, United and Vera, to feature films like Soul Boy, Brilliant Love, Self Made and Ways To Live Forever. Tom is an Executive Producer on One Night In Turin and forthcoming feature films Rising Tide, No Place To Hide, Frank and Unconditional. The fund’s TV investments have so far reached nearly 65 million viewers across the UK.

Tom began working in the media industry at David Puttnam's feature feature film company Enigma Productions then worked as an Assistant Director, Production Manager and Producer across a range of productions, including US and UK movies, television films and series, documentaries, short films and pop promos.Prior to this, Tom ran the Edinburgh International Television Festival, worked in senior management at the BBC and was Managing Director of online interactive entertainment company XPT, where he was one of the three man team to win a BAFTA for Online Caroline in 2000.

Tom is a Clore Leadership Fellow 2009, a graduate of Harvard Business School’s short course in Private Equity and Venture Capital 2009 and a Common Purpose Graduate 2003. He is a member of BAFTA, the Royal Television Society and Creative England. Tom has an honours degree in film and television and since 2005 Tom has been a member of the Advisory Board for IPPR North.