Interactive Digital Media & Design

Alongside partners Digital Union and Digital City Business, Generator’s business support programme has grown to meet the needs of the wider commercial creative digital industries. If you’re a new or established digital business, get in touch to find out how we can help.

  • Introduction to Final Cut Pro X

    5 Sep

  • Creative Industry Advice Clinic

    10 Sep

  • International Music and Interactive Events Roadshow

    10 Sep

  • VRTGO Conference

    11 Sep

  • Prepare and Pitch Event

    25 Sep

  • Starting a Music or Creative Business Masterclass

    27 Sep

Introduction to Final Cut Pro X

Aurora House Media Centre

This one day Introduction to FCPX workshop is designed for those with little or no experience of using Final Cut Pro X (but you do need previous experience of editing video on a Mac)

You will learn:
● Exploring the interface
● The library structure
● Importing media
● Working with dual system media
● Organising your media
● Editing to the primary storyline
● Connected clips and secondary stories
● Editing in the timeline
● Editing and mixing audio
● Exporting for distribution
● Transformations, effects, titles and generators

The workshop is delivered by Apple Certified trainer Ian Bailey in Teesside University’s Aurora House which is an Apple Authorised Training Centre.

To find out more and to book your place on this workshop click here.

For further information call Scott Watson on: 01642 738527 or email:

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Creative Industry Advice Clinic


Generator is looking for young people with an interest in Music, Film, TV, Games or Digital Media

Do you have an idea for an enterprise in the creative industries?

Or would you just like to find out more about finding a job in the creative industries?

Ladders helps young people in the North-East aged 16-24 with interests in music, film, TV, games or digital media, to develop skills and improve chances of getting a job.

Advice Clinics (one-to-one) 

  • Opportunity to describe your creative ideas and ambitions with experts
  • Develop personal progression plans which will help you to pursue a career in the creative industries
  • Receive advice and potential funding for a creative business idea

Please do not attend unless you have been given a meeting time as our advisors may not be able to fit you in unannounced.

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International Music and Interactive Events Roadshow

Live Theatre

UKTI & Generator present…The UKTI International Music and Interactive Events Roadshow

We are starting the run up to some of the creative industries major events which include Eurosonic, SXSW, Liverpool Sound City, The Great Escape and Midem.

If you’re interested in developing your business/career, gaining first-hand knowledge and insight into some of the World’s biggest and most influential trade and showcase events, then you should be attending.

Guest speakers include Una Johnston (SXSW), Javier Lopez (MIDEM), Phil Patterson (UKTI) and guests from various trade associations and collection societies.

The event will include short presentations from representatives of each conference event, useful insight from guests and a general Q&A session, followed by networking which will give artists and businesses a chance to discuss attendance in depth with the experts.

  • Discover how UK Trade & Investment can help develop your business internationally
  • Find out about conferencing events and which events are right for you
  • Learn how to showcase your music, artists and business
  • Dos and Don’ts – Make the most of your time at events
  • Find out about available funding and support
  • Meet industry trade associations and collection societies

This event is in partnership with UK Trade and Investment and is supported by ERDF, Arts Council, PRS for Music Foundation, AIM, PPL and PRS.



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VRTGO Conference

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

The North East of England will be host to the first major Virtual Reality conference in Europe on 11th September 2014 at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.

The VRTGO Conference  will feature speakers from Oculus, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, CCP, ZeroLight and many more.
Attend this conference and find out where the future of VR is taking the entertainment and games industry and also see how this cutting edge technology is being used to create serious applications for the automotive, modelling, training and marketing industries.

There will be a “hands on” exhibition space to allow attendees to explore various headsets and applications and break-out sessions to enhance networking opportunities.

There will also be an after-show party.

To attend and witness the future of interactive entertainment first hand.

To sign up for this event go here!


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Prepare and Pitch Event

Gateshead International Business Centre

Is your digital business ready for investment?

Find out at our one day workshop packed full of industry gurus. With a mixture of learning and panel Q&A you will have the opportunity to speak directly with mentors, investors and successful entrepreneurs to help you decide and prepare for investment, followed by an amazing opportunity to pitch to a live panel of investors within a month.

Generator, in association with Digital Union and Secret Sauce, are proud to present this exclusive Prepare and Pitch opportunity at Gateshead International Business Centre on 25th September - with live pitch sessions on 9th and 23rd October in front of fund management company Rivers Capital.


The day starts off with a key note address from local entrepreneur, Jonathan Grubin, founder of SoPost and successful recipient of a round of investment over £350,000. Chat with Jonathan to find out how he made the decision to raise investment and what it meant to his business.

During the course of the workshop you will receive top tips on how to write the best business case, be introduced to investment and what it means to your business, learn how to pitch perfectly and find out about other funding opportunities within the region.
Time for reflection at the end of the day, general chat with all the gurus and decide if you would like to pitch on 9th or 23rd October depending your readiness. Remember you can have the assistance of the guru of your choice, to get you and your business investor ready.


Rivers Capital are providing the live investment panel on the 9th and 23rd October. After a 10-15 minute pitch the panel will have a 5 minute Q&A session, if necessary. Businesses, if successful, will receive offer letter within the week. This really is prepare and pitch for real!


Places at this event are of high value, but thanks to Generator’s ERDF funding we can offer spaces FREE OF CHARGE for creative businesses from the North East of England.* Spaces are limited, so businesses seriously thinking of investment should sign up now.


*County Durham, Northumberland, Tees Valley, Tyne & Wear


Key Note – Jonathan Grubin

Founder & CEO of SoPost. Jonathan has 10 years’ experience of early-stage businesses, having launched his first venture at the age of 14. Jonathan was named as the youngest ‘Rising Star and Future Leader’ in a Journal guide to North East England, and dropped out of university in 2009 to take the enterprising journey full-time.

SoPost combines the power of product sampling with personal recommendations to help brands drive trials in a highly targeted way. Its technology allows consumers to send physical items to their friends via social media. The company was founded in 2012 and works with leading brands, including Britvic, Liz Earle Beauty Co and Bare Escentuals. SoPost has offices in London and Newcastle and is backed by Northstar Ventures, amongst a number of high calibre angel investors.

Mike Ormesher, an entrepreneurial Software Company executive with over 25 years of experience in the sector. Mike has founded and raised funds for a number of software organisations including e-tempest, Smart Approach Group & CODA Group. He understands first hand, the stresses and strains of self-funding young ambitious technology businesses, raising Angel funding, VC finance and on to London Stock Exchange floatation.

Pete Watson, has a wealth of experience in seed and early stage fundraising where he led his own consultancy Sherpa. In recent years Pete has joined one of his clients – AtlasCloud a national hosted desktop business where he leads the team as CEO. Pete continues to raise funds both from regional funds as well as angel investors. He mentors on programmes such as Ignite100, therefore understands what a good proposition and business case needs to look like if it’s going to interest investors.

Dave Gibson, Director at Blu Sky. A chartered accountancy practice that deals in providing financial and business services to SME’s specifically in the Digital & Creative sector. Proud to be part of some of the finest business support programmes in the North East. Blu Sky are official sponsors of Digital Union, the largest digital and commercial creative network in the North East. Sponsors of Campus North, an incubator space for digital startups which forms part of the Ignite100 accelerator programme. Last but not least, they collaborate with the GrowthAccelerator business support service, which works to provide businesses with a support framework to help build a successful growth strategy.

Joan Louw, Access to Finance Growth Manager for Grant Thornton LLP, who provide the unique GrowthAccelerator service led by some of the country’s most successful growth specialists helping business to find new connections, new routes to investment and the new ideas and strategy you’ll need for your business to achieve its full potential.

Damian Baetens, Transmit Startups. Based in Gateshead in the North East of England Transmit Start-Ups provides business support, finance and mentoring to start-up businesses throughout the UK, mainly within the creative and digital sectors. It has assisted over 400 businesses with £3million in loan finance under the Government’s Start-Up Loans scheme and it also delivers a number of start-up and high growth programmes.

Rivers Capital and NorthStar Ventures
Throughout the day in every session there will be representatives from Rivers Capital and NorthStar Ventures. A great opportunity to hear firsthand what investors are looking for.

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Starting a Music or Creative Business Masterclass

Dance City

Generator are pleased to be providing an essential masterclass for anyone looking to set up a music or creative-based business in the North East.

Setting up any business is a very exciting yet daunting time so this workshop will give you a good overview of why you should go into business, what you need to do to get things rolling and how to grow.

The days will be broken down into 4 areas:

THINKING – why go self-employed, what makes a great entrepreneur, what does a business person do all day?
STARTING – different types of self-employment, where to get help, business plan versus business canvas
IMPROVING – how to keep customers happy, innovation, sales and marketing, digital marketing
GROWING – how scalable is your business, types of funding, keeping your business lean and mean!

Throughout the day you will get the chance to distil your business ideas down into a Creative Business Canvas, instead of a long, boring business plan!

We will have guest speakers who have recently set up their own music and creative businesses so will get a chance to ask them questions about their experiences.

Places at this event are priced at £79 per place, or FREE OF CHARGE for pre-starts or new creative businesses from the North East of England*, thanks to our ERDF funding.

To register your place on the 27th of September, click the ‘Register’ button above and complete the webform.

*County Durham, Northumberland, Tees Valley, Tyne & Wear

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Get FREE mentoring and business support through our Interim Director Scheme

Interim Director Scheme

Our interim director scheme is FREE of charge, and places first class, experienced directors into small to medium growing digital businesses for a period of time. Whether you are an SME that can’t yet afford to employ a finance director, but need help to locate and implement financial systems or efficiency drives, or are growing into a new sector and need specialised direction, our innovative ID Scheme will prove a great intervention for your business.

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Forward thinking training programme, increasing profitability and improving product delivery strategies

Agile Management

As Agile Project Management is becoming more and more relevant for growing digital businesses, we have a rolling programme of FREE Masterclasses, delivered by leading experts ProAgile and aimed at helping businesses adopt a professional Agile consciousness. For more information, please get in touch.

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Learn from inspiring national guests and make new contacts with like-minded regional businesses

Networking and Masterclasses

We have teamed up with leading North East digital network, Digital Union, to provide a series of exciting and useful business networking events and Masterclasses. From the Summer Net Together, to the highly successful UX Day with head of BBC UX, Paul Sissons, we are proud to be bringing first class support to the region. If you have any suggestions for future one off events or masterclasses, please get in touch.

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Bespoke one-to-one advice and guidance, turning creative ideas into businesses

Business Coaching

As part of our business coaching programme we’ve recruited experts in the fields of film, digital media and music who have all faced the challenges of setting up new businesses within a competitive sector. Their experiences will inform and help you to overcome obstacles and launch your business successfully. Our business coaching programme is bespoke for each beneficiary, providing the support you require, when you need it.

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