Another Banner Year For UK’s Film and High-end TV ProductionsMarc Ehrenbold
The British Film Commission has recently announced that the UK spend for film have constantly topped the £1 billion mark for two consecutive years. The report also highlighted a 20% jump on high-budget UK television production and inward investment. The total UK film spend reached £1.41 billion for 2015, the second highest figure ever on record. Inward investment spend ran to £1.17 billion, with over 83% coming from movies such as Doctor Strange, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Wonder Woman, Assassin’s Creed, and the fifth Jason Bourne movie.
The UK’s multi-awarded VFX industry, deep talent pool, locations, state-of-the-art studios, and superb craftmanship have all served as significant draws for international productions.
The British Film Commission is pleased to report that they were always available to support all these international production outfits. From the early phases of production up until completion, the BFC was always there to provide guidance on tax cuts, availability of studio and crew, location scouting, and searching for alternative stage space.
The resounding success of the tax relief program is clearly evident in the UK high-end TV industry as well, enjoying a £759 total spend, half of which coming from co-production and inward investment.
For the same reason international productions are choosing the UK as their number one destination, high-end television series such as Game of Thrones, The Royals, Galavant, and The Outlander, continue to come here to shoot multiple seasons. On the other hand, highly-anticipated shows like The Crown, The Dresser, and The Crown are planning to shoot here in the UK.
Expect another record-breaking year for the UK film and television industry as we see more high-profile endeavors such as Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Episode VIII, and Warner Bros. Justice League. Amazon’s first TV drama, The Collection, is already in location shooting somewhere in Wales.