Former Pie Factory studio manager Dean Sinacola has joined new Manchester facility The Space Project.

In his role as stage manager at the recently opened drama and TV production hub in Gorton, Sinacola (pictured, left) will be responsible for managing 55,000 sq ft of production space across five sound stages.

He said: “I’m passionately committed to the TV and film production sector in Manchester and very excited to be part of the ongoing story for facilities in this region.

“The team behind The Sharp Project has worked with me over the years to make sure we secure production for the region. The Space Project is the next chapter and together we will continue to support the whole Manchester offer.”

John Mariner (pictured, right), client liaison manager and head of production said: “It’s great to have Dean join the team.  We both share the same ambition - to bring quality production to the North.

“With the team now all on board we can’t wait to show off Space to anyone looking for the next best place to make award-winning content.”

Sinacola started his career at Manchester post facility Sumners as a runner before rising to head of production. He has worked at The Pie Factory at MediacityUK for the past eight years.

The Space Project, which is managed by the Sharp Project management team, opened at the end of May.

CBBC series World’s End (w/t) is the first production to be based at facility.