More TV productions for NZ?

August 1st, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Move over The Hobbit, Avatar and King Kong – New Zealand wants to get its hands on some big TV hits.

Changes announced yesterday to government funding for screen productions are expected to open the door to more productions, in the wake of previous big money-spinners such as Hercules, Spartacus and Xena: Warrior Princess.

“We are very keen to encourage television. It’s the economic bread and butter,” New Zealand Film Commission chief executive Graeme Mason said yesterday. “You have a couple of movies come out a week, compared to hundreds of hours of television.”

Hit shows such as Game of Thrones have been big winners for countries where they were filmed, with its first three seasons generating £65 million (about NZ$124m) for the Northern Ireland economy.

I would die of happiness if Game of Thrones was filmed here!

Other changes to government grants are likely to attract more post-production, digital and visual effects work, which was welcomed yesterday by Park Road Post general manager Cameron Harland.

“When it was announced I got straight on the phone to a company in New York who’d been umming and ahhing over whether to do post-production here,” he said. “It’s opened up a discussion now.”

The changes have brought down the thresholds at which various productions can attract government grants.

The Large Budget Screen Production Grant was previously open only to those valued at $15m or above, which excluded most TV shows. The threshold has now been reduced to $4m.

Seems a sensible threshold change. Having such series filmed here bring in far more in tax revenue and spending than the amount of the grant, and that is before you even consider tourism benefits.

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23 Responses to “More TV productions for NZ?”

  1. Longknives (4,741 comments) says:

    “I would die of happiness of Game of Thrones was filmed here!”

    Nooooooo….Game of Thrones is my favourite show. I couldn’t think of anything more cringeworthy than it being over-run by the likes of Keisha Druggie Hughes, Robyn Malcolm and an assortment of washed-up Shortland Street ‘Stars’.

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  2. Roflcopter (463 comments) says:

    I’m sure Labour will tell NZ that they will repeal it, on the basis that it’s handouts for the rich.

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  3. gump (1,647 comments) says:

    I don’t believe that the government should be selecting individual industries for state subsidies.

    If they want to encourage overseas companies to invest here, they should lower the corporate tax rate for all companies.

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  4. Redbaiter (8,810 comments) says:

    Seems a sensible threshold change. Having such series filmed here bring in far more in tax revenue and spending than the amount of the grant, and that is before you even consider tourism benefits.

    For fucks sake this is just crap, and even the monkey with the typewriter (Gump) has got it right, (and now has a million years to go before he cracks it again.)

    Lower the fucking tax rate for all companies you fucking halfwits.

    If I am wrong, can someone write here and tell me why it should only apply to selected industries?

    (rider- I do not believe the figures quoted, but if they’re going to quote them it makes the argument)

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  5. Michael (909 comments) says:

    We had Top of the Lake made here for the BBC and Sundance Channel so its not beyond the realms of possibility for big budget tv to be done here also. Top of the Lake was a great story, but Elisabeth Moss’s terrible attempt at a Kiwi accent and the use of American terms (“statutory rape” instead of “sex with a minor”) just made me cringe.

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  6. nickb (3,687 comments) says:

    Seems a sensible threshold change. Having such series filmed here bring in far more in tax revenue and spending than the amount of the grant, and that is before you even consider tourism benefits.

    Redbaiter, don’t scare me like that again :)

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  7. OneTrack (3,089 comments) says:

    The Park Road Post general manager get a move on if he wants it to happen. If it isn’t signed and locked down by the end of 2014, the new government will veto it or at the very least they will require him to renegotiate the contract with Helen Kelly .

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  8. wikiriwhis business (3,996 comments) says:

    Winston put the racing game back on it’s feet. He can do the same with film making

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  9. Redbaiter (8,810 comments) says:

    “Redbaiter, don’t scare me like that again”

    Ha, yeah, sorry, forgot to include the quote marks.

    The bottom line here is why is the government in the movie business?

    No good answer to that question, but as the bastards are entrenched, with their own propaganda outlet, it just keeps on keeping on.

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  10. nickb (3,687 comments) says:

    The bottom line here is why is the government in the movie business?

    My best guess is because it is a fashionable form of corporate welfare and a vanity project by Key and the National cabinet. They can score political points by hopping along to red carpet premiers of movies funded by our dollars. Just like huge boosts in funding for the arts was for Klarkula.

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  11. Lance (2,655 comments) says:

    @nickb
    So it’s a bad thing that NZ makes a lot of money out of these things?

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  12. Redbaiter (8,810 comments) says:

    “So it’s a bad thing that NZ makes a lot of money out of these things?”

    Why don’t you answer the question?

    Why is the government in the movie business.

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  13. nickb (3,687 comments) says:

    @nickb
    So it’s a bad thing that NZ makes a lot of money out of these things?

    Wow Lance, great riposte there, that question really followed logically from my post.

    Of course it’s not a bad thing you dipshit. But why should tax dollars be funding any business enterprise, let alone a highly profitable one?

    Then in contrast we have the bailout of people who invested in SCF chasing better returns, knowing full well the risks of investing in finance companies…. we are socialising losses and privatising profits. I highly doubt from your above post you see the irony in supporting that position.

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  14. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    is there some law that these shows will have to have god awful kiwi actors in them?

    the type of overacting that show cases every human emotion possible in just 30 seconds.

    and yeah. robyn malcolm is a must for any new show “she could have been a huge star overseas but she chose to stay in nz” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA

    i was ok with the hobbit. partly cause it pissed off the unions and partly cause i like peter jackson.

    we should be subsidisng all businesses. why dont they cut Dimes tax rate to nil? ill grow a lot quicker, employ more people who will pay PAYE. ill pay a lot more gst.

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  15. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    oh yeah, tv & movie producers are whores. as soon as tax breaks go, so do they. its not like some tax relief for a short time will build an industry that will stick around.

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  16. nickb (3,687 comments) says:

    dime, you are alive?

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  17. Colville (2,268 comments) says:

    How is the ring of fire Dime?

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  18. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    i managed to get the bleeding under control around 4am. Dimes alive! at work. Pussies take sick days.

    i am slightly grumpy though…

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  19. RRM (9,917 comments) says:

    It must be New Zealand’s hot, mediterranean climate that attracts all these shows set in classical Greek and Roman times…?

    It seems wrong that the govt is subsidising certain hand-picked glamour industries.

    But if the country as a whole makes money out of it, I can’t get too upset.

    At least I don’t have to watch the prime benefactor of the tax breaks sitting in his Paratai Dr mega mansion gloating about it afterwards…

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  20. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    “At least I don’t have to watch the prime benefactor of the tax breaks sitting in his Paratai Dr mega mansion gloating about it afterwards…”

    nah you just get to have xena and robyn malcolm tell you how to live from their nice homes

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  21. infused (654 comments) says:

    Spartacus was fucking fantastic. God I hope they make more shows like this. So sad when it ended.

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  22. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    “We are very keen to encourage manufacturing/exporting/building. It’s the economic bread and butter,” New Zealand Manufacturing/Exporting/Building Commission chief executive Some Guy said yesterday.

    I don’t understand why the argument put forward doesn’t apply to everything. Hey, Xero’s a billion dollar company in a multi-billion dollar industry, lets set up some grants to get more millions coming in. Shouldn’t the question be why aren’t more people coming with their money here right now? Particularly when we supposedly have the “best in the industry” in movie making already?

    Why should plumbers and gas fitters not get a hand out when they start a business in this country, after all, they make more money in Aussie. Wouldn’t it be better to keep them here? And have their kids here? I don’t see why we should be praising government hand outs because you like a particular tv show.

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  23. Viking2 (11,467 comments) says:

    labrator (1,430) Says:
    August 1st, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Why should plumbers and gas fitters not get a hand out when they start a business in this country, after all, they make more money in Aussie. Wouldn’t it be better to keep them here? And have their kids here? I don’t see why we should be praising government hand outs because you like a particular tv show.
    ==================
    Yep.
    and i personally watch none of these shows so why the should my business and tax paid subsidize them.
    Just give us all lower company taxes and we will be great bastards as well.

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