UK Production Boom Continues
The British Film Institute released statistics at the end of January which show 2017 was a record breaking year for Television and Film production in the United Kingdom, with a total spend in film showing a 12% increase on 2016 and the total spend from major international film and television projects combined reached nearly £2.4bn.
Adrian Wootton OBE, the chief executive of the British Film Commission and Film London, said: “Film and high-end TV are big business and today’s figures show the UK continuing to meet the growing demand for content and world-class skills, talent and technical expertise. Whether producing lavish period dramas or fantasy epics, every corner of the UK is delivering at the highest level and our success ultimately translates to economic growth, job creation and training opportunities.”
The international production community is confident in the strength of the UK’s production industry from our world renowned crews and state-of-the art facilities and studios to our film-friendly locations. Combine this with support from the British Film Commission as well as the attractive financial environment created by the Government’s creative sector tax relief and it is clear the upward trend is only set to continue.
Upcoming projects due to start filming soon are diverse.
From Left Bank Picture’s futuristic Origin, to Rosamund Pike in Radioactive, The One and Only Ivan from Disney, the (as yet untitled) sequel to Spider-Man The Homecoming, Helen Mirren as Catherine The Great for Sky / HBO, Ruth Wilson portraying her grandmother as Mrs Wilson for BBC1 Drama, The Secret Garden from Studio Canal, The Aeronaut starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, The Eddy a Netflix Original, The Widow starring Kate Beckinsale for ITV1, Dr Doolittle with Robert Downey Jnr, Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin and Renee Zellweger filming Judy in London, to name just a few, it’s clear it’s going to be another busy year for the UK Television and Film Industry.
Budgets for new scripted content continue to swell as SVoD platforms such as Netflix and Amazon increase their investments. With Hulu’s subscribers in the US rapidly increasing and the launch of You Tube Red in the U.K. later this year demand will only continue to rise.
NMG can testify from the scripts, calls and partnership proposals we have been receiving on behalf of our clients, that the opportunities for brands to be embedded in content via free prop supply, product placement or brand integration have never been greater.