Lives shaped by the incredible success of Salford’s MediaCity are the focus of a new film looking forward to its next exciting chapter.

Now known as a must-visit destination in Greater Manchester as well as a fantastic place to live, work, and study, MediaCity launched in 2011 when the BBC chose to relocate to Salford, creating BBC North. Since then it has expanded rapidly and is now a home to multiple digital, media and tech businesses, thousands of residents, and educational institutions including HOST – the home of Skills and Technology and the University of Salford.

MediaCity: The Next Chapter provides a video tour led by people who have lived, worked or enjoyed leisure time at the site before, during and since the transformation of the former Manchester Docks. The film gives a snapshot of how popular the area has become and what draws people there from all walks of life, and has been created to support plans for the next phase of the site which will see it double in size over the next decade, helping to attract even more visitors, residents, students and investors.

Led by local actor and guide Ashif Ashik, the film includes a cast of new and familiar faces including:

- Peter Millington, a grandfather who met his wife working at the former Manchester Docks and whose children and grandchildren have gone on to work and study at MediaCity

- University of Salford Media Production undergraduate Erin Hughes

- Artist Vanessa Scott

- MediaCity resident and yoga teacher Carly Tong

- Representatives of Toasted Productions and Audio Always, both businesses serving large organisations at MediaCity

- And stars of TV and radio including BBC Children’s presenter Katie Thistleton, BBC radio legend Mark Radcliffe, and actor Colson Smith, who plays Craig Tinker in Coronation Street

MediaCIty: The Next Chapter was produced by Marketing Manchester on behalf of Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership and in partnership with Salford Council, the University of Salford and MediaCity.

Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “There’s already so many positive tales associated with MediaCity and we’re really only in the early chapters of this amazing development’s story.I’m hugely proud of the fact that Salford is home to MediaCity and that so many people are writing their life stories here. Let’s hope even more people will be inspired to make MediaCity part of the next chapter in their lives, whatever that may involve.”

Katie Thistleton, a University of Salford graduate who regularly broadcasts from MediaCity and appears in the film, added: “I love MediaCity and owe my whole career to this place. From working behind the scenes at CBBC, to presenting there and now doing my Radio 1 show from there every Sunday, I really feel like it’s my home and it’s one of my favourite places to be!”

Check out the full film here: