Statistics New Zealand release 2012 figures

Posted Monday 15 Apr 2013

New Zealand screen industry earnings have broken the $3 billion barrier for the first time. Statistics New Zealand figures released recently show the industry grew by 10 percent to reach revenue of $3.29 billion last year. The survey tracks revenue and other indicators in film and television production and post-production, film distribution and television broadcasting in the twelve months to 1 April 2012.

Income from production and post-production, for the first time, made up just over half of the total, at $1.67 billion. This is significant as it is the sector which is creating growth, particularly from feature films. Revenue from feature films rose almost 50 percent to top $1 billion for the first time.

While these figures are something that could barely have been imagined a generation ago, screen work is by nature volatile and project-driven, and not all sectors of the industry are experiencing the same growth. The challenge is as always to get sustained work for New Zealand.

In such a changeable industry any one year's results cannot be looked at in isolation. The crucial thing is the trend over time. And what the figures consistently show is that the industry is continuing to grow, and has good reason to be proud of its achievements.


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Film friendly protocol for Auckland

Posted Monday 15 Apr 2013

Auckland's status as a film friendly destination is again centre stage following Auckland Council's endorsement of a new film protocol for the region.

The new Auckland Film Protocol asserts the film and screen industry's role in encouraging growth of the local and national economies, as well as its importance in the social and cultural development of Auckland.

"For Auckland to be the world's most liveable city we need to introduce practices that make the region business friendly, high performing and globally connected," says Mayor Len Brown.

Film Auckland, as part of the council-controlled organisation Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) developed the Auckland Film Protocol to attract and expedite local and international screen production.

"The protocol creates a platform for Auckland to say yes to requests from the film and screen industry. It streamlines processes across Auckland Council organisations to help the region better compete," says Michael Brook, Manager Film Auckland.

"The protocol is a key step in enhancing Auckland's reputation as a truly film friendly destination."

Auckland Council's Regional Development and Operations Committee endorsed the Auckland Film Protocol at it's March meeting.

Click here for the full Auckland Film Protocol.