PRESS RELEASE: Thursday 30 January 2014

2013 UK Production Statistics

 

  • High-end television tax relief delivers over £233m to UK economy in first nine months

  • Inward investment feature film spend increases to almost £870m

  • Spend from internationally financed film and television reaches over £1bn

  • Disney announces Alice sequel Through the Looking Glass will shoot in UK

  • Marvel’s Avengers sequel, 20th Century Fox TV’s 24: Live Another Day and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars 7 just some of the major projects confirmed for 2014

  • UK’s popularity as world-class production destination continues to grow

LONDON – Thursday 30 January 2014: The British Film Commission (BFC) welcomed the publication of the UK production statistics for 2013 which show the new High-end Television Tax Relief has delivered over £233 million for the UK economy in its first nine months. The Film Tax Relief continues to help attract international filmmakers to the UK, with inward investment reaching over £868 million.

Figures from the BFI’s Research and Statistics Unit illustrate that the UK remains popular with international productions. Spend on feature films in the UK reached over £1 billion in 2013, with over £868 million generated from 37 inward investment features, making up 81% of all feature film spend.

The influx of high-end television production is a direct result of the UK’s new tax relief. From a total of £233 million, almost £150 million came from internationally financed productions – nine shows making up 64% of the total spend – much of which would have been spent outside the UK prior the new incentive. The combined total from internationally financed film and television projects in the UK reached over £1 billion in 2013.

These statistics, along with the fact major productions such as Disney’s Alice in Wonderland sequel Through the Looking Glass starring Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska are choosing the UK, show that the film and television industries are delivering for the UK economy, creating and supporting a large number of jobs and allowing the infrastructure to grow.

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of the British Film Commission and Film London says: “As the statistics demonstrate, the Film Tax Relief continues to prove itself to be a resounding success, as well as a cornerstone of growth in the UK’s wider creative industries. Since the launch of the new tax reliefs in April, the BFC has been working to promote their benefits and our first-class production industries to the world. It is therefore hugely gratifying to see that paying off by welcoming so many high-end television productions in such a relatively short space of time.

We thank the government for their ongoing commitment, seen again in recently announced changes to the tax relief, making the UK even more attractive and allowing us to maintain our competitive edge. We look forward to continuing to work with our industry partners to promote the existing and newly enhanced tax reliefs to further grow investment in the UK’s world-class creative industries.”

2014 will be another busy year in the UK with Kiefer Sutherland starring in a new series of 24, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor back for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, in addition to the next Star Wars film.

The UK hosted several major feature productions in 2013 including Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox’s The Monuments Men directed by and starring George Clooney, 20th Century Fox’s Exodus directed by Sir Ridley Scott and starring Christian Bale and Aaron Paul, Disney’s Cinderella starring Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter and Warner Bros.’ Heart of the Sea directed by Ron Howard, alongside television dramas such as Game of Thrones in Northern Ireland, Outlander in Scotland, plus episodes of Elementary and Veep in the South East.

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For further press information, please contact:

Colette Geraghty, Senior Press & Communication Manager

T: +44 (0) 20 7613 7680

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E: colette.geraghty@filmlondon.org.uk

Notes to Editors

About the British Film Commission

The British Film Commission (BFC) is the national body responsible for maximizing and supporting the production of international feature films and high-end TV in the UK. With offices in the UK and the US, the BFC provides free professional advice to help make productions in the UK a reality.

The BFC has commercial sponsors, who form the membership of the agency’s innovative public/private partnership: Disney, Double Negative, Framestore, Harbottle & Lewis, MPC, Pinewood Studios Group, Saffery Champness, Warner Bros. UK and its UK-based film production operations, Working Title Films, Elstree Studios and Coutts.

The British Film Commission is managed by Film London through a public/private partnership funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through the BFI, it also receives funding from UK Trade and Investment.

www.britishfilmcommission.org.uk

www.filmlondon.org.uk

 

High-end Television

Table: UK spend and number of high-end television programmes produced in the UK, April-December 2013

UK spend £m

Number

Co-production

*

3

Domestic UK HETV

83.2

19

Inward Investment

149.9

9

Total

*

31

 

* Fields marked with an asterisk have been suppressed to avoid disclosing budget data for individual titles

Data are rounded to the nearest £0.1m so may not sum exactly to the totals shown.

HETV are allocated to the period according to the date principal photography commenced.

 

Feature Films

Table: UK spend of features produced in the UK, 2008 – 2013, £ million

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Co-productions

51.7

38.6

76.2

55.3

74.6

54.2

Domestic UK features

236.0

242.1

201.2

199.5

247.1

152.4

Inward investment

434.4

834.6

1,011.2

1,070.3

623.4

868.3

Total

722.1

1,115.3

1,288.7

1,325.1

945.1

1,074.9

Source: BFI

Data are rounded to the nearest £0.1m so may not sum exactly to the totals shown.

Films are allocated to the calendar year in which principal photography commenced.

Films at all budget levels are included in this analysis. For pre-2008 data restricted to films with budgets £500,000 see the BFI Statistical Yearbook2013 www.bfi.org.uk/statisticalyearbook2013.

 

Table: Number of features produced in the UK, 2008 – 2013

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Co-productions

30

38

36

46

45

36

Domestic UK features

231

258

303

264

242

166

Inward investment

32

37

30

36

38

37

Total

293

333

369

346

325

239

Source: BFI

See notes to Table 1.