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2012 UK Production Statistics

Date posted: 31.01.2013

The British Film Commission (BFC) welcomed the publication of the UK production statistics for 2012, which show continued healthy levels of production complementing the investment being made in the production sector. With increased investment planned for film and TV infrastructure, the UK remains a key filming destination for US studios and independents - with several major features confirmed for 2013.

Figures from the BFI's Research and Statistics Unit illustrate that the UK remains popular with international productions, generating £631 million of investment from 26 films, nearly 70% of all feature film production spend, continuing to deliver for the UK economy while creating and supporting a large number of jobs. 

"Today's figures demonstrate that the UK production industry continues to see commitment from the international marketplace, particularly from the US," said Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of the BFC and Film London. "Although 2011's record-breaking figures have not been equaled as there were fewer features shot last year with comparatively lower budgets, encouragingly, the UK started to see an upturn in production during the latter half of 2012.

"Whilst there has been a reduction in the levels of global feature film production," says Iain Smith, Producer and Chair of the BFC, "there is no doubt the UK has maintained its hard won market share."

The UK hosted several major feature productions in 2012 including Warner Bros. All You Need is Kill starring Tom Cruise, Lionsgate/Summit's Red 2, Sony's Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks, and Universal's Fast and Furious 6 and Kick-Ass 2.

In addition to its production support role, the BFC is also engaging with the UK Government, and production infrastructure to prepare for a potential influx of activity as a result of the new Creative Sector Tax Reliefs for TV and animation. Due to be in place by April, subject to EU State-Aid approval, the BFC is working to attract high-end international TV productions to the UK, to further boost inward investment and employment.

Read full press release here.

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