BFC STATEMENT

Friday 14 March 2014

The British Film Commission welcomes today’s publication of a report outlining the options for a film and TV studio in Scotland. The report entitled Delivery Options for Production Space for Film and TV commissioned by Scottish Enterprise confirmed that there was “evidence of a clear and present opportunity for a studio facility in Scotland”.

BFC Chairman, Scottish film and television producer, Iain Smith, has long been an advocate of a studio in Scotland: “Scotland’s creative talent and locations have long attracted major film and television productions. This report confirms it is the perfect time to capitalise on the business opportunities afforded by Government film and television tax reliefs as other parts of the UK have. A studio is an essential part of the equation. It’s very encouraging that the report recognises this.”

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of the British Film Commission and Film London stated: “The television tax relief has been a game-changer. Whilst our major US film clients tend to be based around London and the south east of England, our high-end television clients take full advantage of the whole of the UK, for example HBO’s Game of Thrones in Northern Ireland, Starz’ Da Vinci’s Demons in Wales and ABC’s Galavant in the south west. A studio would undoubtedly add to Scotland’s draw for major producers of film and television, building on the success of Outlander. Although not quite full as is often reported, the UK is incredibly busy and we continue to receive huge number of enquires, and therefore we fully support the need for a studio in Scotland.”

The report, to which the BFC Chairman and executives contributed, explores the various options and sites for a potential studio in Scotland with the key criteria agreed to be that it must be close to a good source of crew, film and television support infrastructure and good transport links. Major Sony/Starz TV drama, Outlander, has been shooting in converted warehousing near Glasgow since late last year and Scottish locations have long been popular with US studio features including Sony’s Skyfall, Warner Bros.’ The Dark Knight Rises and Paramount’s World War Z.

-ENDS-

For further press information, please contact:

Colette Geraghty, Senior Press & Communication Manager

T: +44 (0) 20 7613 7680

M: +44 (0) 7917 437 699

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.

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