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Film London provides capital showcase to television and animation producers

Date posted: 26.02.2014

Film London welcomes television and animation production executives from North America in a pair of familiarisation trips to London.

A partnership with Ontario Media Development Corporation brought a team of television producers to promote London as a destination for co-productions while top US animation executives are set to explore the city's world-class animation offer.

"London is one of the great centres for creativity and content production, with incredibly talented people working across film, television and animation," says The Mayor of London Boris Johnson. "These industries are hugely important for our economy and we are working with Film London to take full advantage of the competitive edge that the new tax reliefs have given the UK."

Canadian Television Producers Explore London

"It is vital to open doors between the UK and Canada, and I'm proud that with OMDC we are leading the charge with Familiarisation trips such as this one," says Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission.

"The opportunity to strengthen bonds which will benefit both television industries via co-productions is a new one, and we are eager to build on its promise with more programmes such as Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, which is currently in production."

The opportunities offered by the new UK tax relief of up to 25% of qualifying expenditure on high-end television production introduced in April 2013, combined with generous co-production treaties, make for a positive environment in which to make introductions.

From 23-26 February, the Canadian high-end television producers have a packed schedule. Ontario companies with projects in development suitable for UK co-production are:

  • Take 5 (Reign)
  • eOne (Bitten)
  • Pier 21(Treasures Decoded)
  • Aircraft Pictures (Todd and the Book of Pure Evil)
  • Mulmur Feed Co. (Still Mine)
  • Darius (The Art of the Steal)
  • White Pine Pictures (The Border)
  • Don Carmody Productions (Pompeii)
  • Inner City Films (High Chicago)
  • Riverside Entertainment (Transporter: The Series)

Film London is connecting the delegates with London production companies who also want to develop co-productions, cultivating new relationships and ultimately aiming to bring more production to the capital.

In addition, there will be sessions to outline how the high-end television tax relief and UK/Canada co-production treaty works, plus presentations from the drama commissioning editors at the UK's major broadcasters. The producers will also visit a range of facilities and key locations in the capital.

US Animation Executives Delegation 2014

London offers a wealth of animation talent and has long been a hub of creative productions. Capitalising on the potential of the UK's Animation Tax Relief of up to 25% of qualifying expenditure on animated programmes, Film London introduces US animation executives to the city's resources.

"I could not be more pleased with the high calibre of executives who have taken this three-day trip to explore the capital's fantastic animation industry, and am eager to open doors to all our city has to offer," says Wootton.

"We are proud to be home to international pre-school hits including Peppa Pig and The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, as well as model animation features such as Tim Burton's Frankenweenie and Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox. The sophistication of animation talent in London is diverse and ready for all demands."

Film London's three-day trip promoting the city's animation industry hosts senior representatives from:

  • Amazon Studios
  • Dreamworks Animation
  • Frederator Networks
  • Mattel's Playground Productions
  • NBC Universal's Sprout
  • The Jim Henson Company

The programme will include one-to-one meetings with London animation houses and presentations from the Chief Executive of The Imaginarium and Alan Dewhurst, producer of Oscar-winning Peter and the Wolf. The executives also have the opportunity to visit a range of animation houses in the capital.

Representatives from Saffery Champness and Lee & Thompson will take the executives through the workings of the animation tax relief and the trip has been timed to ensure the guests can attend the British Animation Awards, taking place in London. 

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