Scottish TV and film industry could be worth £ 1 billion by 2030, minister claims

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Scottish Culture Secretary Angus Robertson says the value of the Scottish TV and film industry could double to £ 1 billion by the end of the decade.

He was speaking at the launch of a new report from Scotland, a Scottish government agency promoting Scotland’s TV and film sector, which shows that the industry is expected to hit the Scottish economy almost by 2019. Has contributed 8 568 million.

Mr Robertson accused the UK government of harming public broadcasting, which he described as the “cornerstone” of TV production in Scotland.

Photo (LR) David Smith, Isabel Davis, Angus Robertson, Emma Pickens and Douglas McKinnon at the launch of a new report showing that the film and TV industry has made half a billion for the Scottish economy. Credit: Neil Hanna. / نیل ہانا

He said: “Throughout Scotland, we can be very pleased with the progress that has been made in recent years.

“We need to make sure we avoid road collisions, which unfortunately we are currently facing with the UK government and are trying to harm public service broadcasters like Channel 4,” he said. He is looking at privatization, and what he is doing with the BBC. License fees.

A film in the Batman franchise was recently filmed in Glasgow (PA). / PA Archives

“This is a bad development for public service broadcasters who are still the cornerstone of TV production in Scotland.”

Screen Scotland and Mr Robertson both said that the demand for productions in Scotland is expected to increase to £ 568 million in 2021, following the surge in demand, which includes Indiana Jones, Batman, Batgirl and The Rig. I’m starring Martin Compston.

Mr Robertson estimates that the value of the screen industry in Scotland could double to £ 1 billion.

He added: “This report confirms that the value of the industry is now three times higher than previously thought.

“If growth continues, it will increase from half a billion pounds to 1 billion pounds by 2030. This is great news for the Scottish economy in general.

“We are out of a situation in Scotland where we have film and TV productions, very limited studio space, very limited investment, and very limited career prospects. And all this in recent years with new studios. That has changed dramatically.

Last summer, parts of Glasgow were moved to New York in the 1960s to shoot the new Indiana Jones movie (PA). / PA Archives

“The Scottish Government is working to help keep the development trend going by helping to secure studio space, new television and film productions, but also to help train them.” Those who want to work in the film and TV industry, because the companies that want to do film production in Scotland need to know that the talent for all the important work, onset, pre-production, post-production. Is available for

The report, commissioned by Screen Scotland and produced by Saffery Champness and Nordicity, also shows that the industry has provided 10,280 full-time equivalent jobs – and directors expect Scotland to be in demand for jobs. Will increase

David Smith, Screen’s director at Screen Scotland, said: “This is one of our main tasks right now, developing the staff base. We have vacancies, we need staff to work within them. Some of them are going to be produced in Scotland, some of them will be replaced by other interests within Scotland, the theater staff is now working mostly in the film sector.

“When I was growing up, if you wanted to work in film and television, you had to get on the bus, you had to get on the train, you had to get on the plane. And so on. No. You can live, live and work in Scotland. And there are good valuable jobs. “

Isabel Davis, executive director of Screen Scotland, said: “We will grow. If we are able to train both local crew bases and develop creativity, they will be the creators of the next show.”

A new report shows that the film and TV industries have contributed approximately £ 568 million to the Scottish economy (PA). / PA Wire

“We see these two things working together, we see it as a virtuous circle.

“Every film economy in the world is facing a skill challenge at the moment, and it’s definitely a tough one in the UK. I have been very successful.

“But that means there is a need to adjust the supply and demand, to keep it technically. On the ground, that means our staff is incredibly busy.

Screen Scotland was founded in 2019 and drives the development of Scotland’s film and television industry. It is part of Creative Scotland and is funded by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.