The announcement by the Government of a $305 million, four-year commitment to the national screen industry will help ensure our region remains a sought-after destination for producers, says Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED).
Ministers Simon Bridges and Maggie Barry made the announcement at an Auckland set of Ash v Evil Dead – the latest hit from legendary US producer Rob Tapert, which is into its third season of filming in Auckland.
In 2016, Auckland accounted for 64 per cent – $431 million – of the country’s total gross overseas screen production revenue. ATEED is mandated to support and drive growth of the regional screen industry on behalf of Auckland Council.
Dean Butchers, ATEED General Manager Business Attraction & Investment, says the Government’s internationally competitive New Zealand Screen Production Grant is an absolutely crucial component of a thriving screen sector in Auckland, and New Zealand.
“The grant system is the foundation on which our screen sector continues to be built, so we are delighted to see the Government’s renewed commitment outlined by ministers Bridges and Barry today, including the substantial commitment to the domestic industry,” says Dean Butchers.
“The Government’s consistent support gives industry and the private sector confidence to invest.”
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