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Investing in screen success

Thursday May 31st, 2018

Production Growth Fund unlocks £60m in wider economic benefits (May 31st).scottishgovernment_logo

Scotland’s screen sector is benefiting from £3.7 million from the Production Growth Fund (PGF) – helping deliver more than £60 million estimated spend in the wider economy.

The new figures come after Creative Scotland launched this year’s PGF with an increased pot of £2 million to encourage film and TV productions to base themselves in Scotland.

Due to higher demand, guidelines have been updated to ensure that even greater benefits are secured for Scotland including increased spend, training and co-production opportunities.

New productions supported by PGF include TV drama series ‘The Victim’, and ‘Ordeal by Innocence’, filmed on location on the Ardgowan Estate in Inverclyde. Feature films include ‘Gareth Jones’, which stars James Norton and Vanessa Kirby and has been shooting in Edinburgh, ‘Tell It To The Bees’, with a cast lead by Anna Paquin, ‘Outlaw King’ directed by David Mackenzie and starring Chris Pine as ‘Robert the Bruce’, and ‘Wild Rose’, featuring Julie Walters and Jessie Buckley.

Creative Scotland is currently establishing a new Screen Unit – backed with £10 million Scottish Government investment – with a target to double production spend and increase Scottish company growth over a period of five years.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP said:

The Production Growth Fund has become a vital tool to support our screen sector by ensuring a steady stream of work for the highly skilled people who work in the industry.

“These new figures show the benefit to Scotland’s economy significantly outstrips the original investment, demonstrating the value in this programme.

“In a highly competitive international market, the fund has helped to attract major productions to base themselves in Scotland, in return for a guaranteed spend on jobs and the local economy.

“With overall production spend increasing by more than 30% last year to another record high, Scotland’s film and TV industry is in excellent health. The new Screen Unit will build on that and drive forward even more benefits for Scotland’s facilities and crews.”

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