Martin Spence, assistant general secretary, has welcomed Warner Brothers' investment.
11 November 2010
BECTU has welcomed Warner Brothers’ decision to make a long term commitment to UK feature film production through its £100 million investment at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire.
Leavesden has been the base for the highly successful Harry Potter franchise over the past decade. With the Potter films coming to an end, this long term commitment to major film production in the UK is really positive.
Inward investment in UK film production – mostly from the USA – hit an all-time high in 2009 at over £750 million. 2010 is set to become the second-best ever year, and it looks as if the trend will continue into 2011.
However BECTU has repeatedly expressed concern that indigenous UK production, and international co-production, are much weaker.
Assistant general secretary, Martin Spence, said:
“Warner Brothers’ continuing commitment to the UK is really good news. This investment will support our skills base which we believe is second to none, and the wider infrastructure of facilities, post-production, effects, and film services with all the knock-on jobs benefits.
"This news is especially welcome at this time of uncertainty caused by the coalition government’s misconceived decision to abolish the UK Film Council.”