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24 May 2018

Creative England has released its latest top 50 list of the best up and coming, innovative and disruptive individuals and companies across film, games and digital tech; and this year, 10% of the list are based in Leeds City Region.

The five exciting companies from across the Leeds City Region are:

Fierce Kaiju - a games studio built on key principles of quality, innovation, focus and ambition; paired with prior experience working on some of the biggest names in gaming, such as Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption and Call of Duty. As well as offering a full-service studio to clients, Fierce Kaiju has created the Viral series, where players must avoid the threat of infection. The studio is also releasing an upcoming VR project with previous CE50 company Coatsink later this year.

Laser Dog - a two-man games studio focussing on mobile games. It has developed a reputation forcreating games with beautiful visuals and personality. Each game has a bespoke score which perfectly marries to the emotion and intensity, this ensures players stay engaged throughout the game play. The studio's latest release, Ava Airborne, sees players take on the role of Ava and attempt to keep her in flight against various obstacles.

Ocean Spark Studios - an Indie game development studio based in Huddersfield, which was set up in the founders Enterprise Year at university. The studio has gone on to win awards and acclaim for its leadership and the way it has taken active measures to engage with female developers. Alongside creating fun and memorable video games, including the upcoming Tetra: Elemental Awakening, Ocean Spark Studios strive to enhance its community and industry by inspiring and nurturing the next generation of games industry students, working with external organisations such as schools and colleges to deliver engaging workshops and seminars.

Production Park - an impressive pre-production and live events centre based in Wakefield. Founded with the intent of being ‘Where Live Industry Lives’, Production Park is now home to more than 20 live event businesses and 7 studios and has established itself as international destination of choice for technically challenging live productions. Clients include artists and brands such as U2, Jay Z, Muse, ITV and RedBull. Production Park has set itself apart through the creation of Backstage Academy. An educational institution for industry-led learning, Backstage Academy trains students on the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the live events industry, creating a supply of skilled workers needed to help the entire industry continue to grow and thrive.

Newsubstance - a brave and ambitious company which uses innovative, cutting-edge technology to create large-scale spectacles for clients. Its work has resonated around the world, from its hometown of Leeds, where an immense installation of a form was installed over a shopping atrium, to 80 customised drones forming a light show above the Dubai World Cup Closing Ceremony. Newsubstance live its mantra to image, design, build and perform to create truly incredible experiences.

They join previous CE50 list members including Aesthetica Short Film Festival (2017), film maker Francis Lee (2017), Synap (2017), Purenet (2017), Duck Soup Films (2016), Hebe Works (2016), StashMetrics (2016), aql (2015) and HMA Digital Marketing (2015).