Boris' Bumper Boost for TV and Film Industry!!
In addition to the £1.3million budget to promote our fair capital as THE hottest film destination, Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has announced £750,000 worth of investment in the city's TV and film industry (including Film London), aiming at attracting millions of pounds worth of production, as well as boosting industry jobs, and supporting young and home grown talent. Speaking yesterday from the Ealing Studios, the longest running film studio in the UK , home to the Downton Abbey set and the pioneering 'performance capture' special effects studio Imaginarium, Boris said:
"We are at the dawn of a new golden age of TV production in London...We have an unprecedented opportunity to grow this exciting sector to deliver jobs, produce more world-class British drama and, above all, make London the city of choice for TV and animation production. It's time for London to fulfil its potential as the world leader and employer it's destined to be in this field. Let's make sure that all future Downtons are filmed on our turf".
Film London has been working with the Mayor since 2003 to deliver production opportunities and has always been very keen to help TV companies and small businesses alike, generating a whopping £770m investment over the last four years alone. Currently enjoying the tax relief for features and with the agency's remit expanding into high-end TV, it is hoped London will become as popular for dramas, mini-series, franchise shows, international co-productions and animations.
Tony Hall, Director-General, BBC commented: "These are certainly exciting times for television production. 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."
FANTASTIC news for everyone involved in the industry!!