Film London gets funding boost to attract more TV location filming
Film London has been given a funding boost to help take advantage of the UK’s new TV location filming tax credit and attract more high-end television. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has provided an extra GBP2 million to broaden Film London’s remit.
Nearly GBP800 million has been invested in London through production spending on feature films over the past four years. Boris Johnson now wants to enable Film London to expand into high-end television as well to help usher in “a new golden age of TV production in London”.
“These are certainly exciting times for television production,” said the BBC’s Director-General Tony Hall: “The BBC is already a huge supporter of talent in the UK, with Sherlock and Silk shortly due to begin shooting in London.
“The capital is already one of the most TV-friendly cities in the world and we look forward to continuing to play our part in this vital part of the British broadcasting ecology.”
The capital is already one of the most TV-friendly cities in the world and we look forward to continuing to play our part in this vital part of the British broadcasting ecology.
Tony Hall, BBC Director-General
Adrian Wootton is Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission: “With the new fiscal incentives, coupled with investment from the Mayor, the capital has the potential to become a world leader for the production industries, retaining and creating valuable jobs and encouraging new investment to boost the economy.”
The new TV tax credit will help the UK compete with places like Ireland, South Africa and Eastern Europe. Part of Film London’s expanded remit will also involve attracting international production from places like China, the US, India and South America.
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