Douglas McKinnonDirector and Executive Producer heroine Chain lucky cue And Anansi Boys, Has urged the maintenance of a “chain of productions” in Scotland, as historical research shows the Scottish screen sector generated more than £500M ($613M) and created 10,000 jobs in 2019.
McKinnon, who also directed episodes of line of duty And Doctor Who A word of warnings released that the “boom and stir” effect will affect the TV and film industry of Scotland until the producer keeps a pipeline of projects.
He “believes” that the country’s skill base has improved significantly over the years and that skilled execs who had initially left the country are returning to work on projects, while a wealth of training schemes are bringing the next generation.
“We need to keep spinning plates to ensure that there is a series of productions coming to Scotland in the future, while providing continuity for the cast and crew,” he told Deadline. “We’ve got a world class crew in Scotland that can operate at the highest level and that should give everyone confidence.”
McKinnon was speaking to Deadline on the eve of the publication of the Screen Scotland report, the first of its kind, which revealed £567M ($700M) was generated by the local screen sector in his home country in 2019, the latest for which Year data available.
During that pre-pandemic year, more than 10,000 jobs were created, most of which were in development and production.
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McKinnon said he surveyed studios across the UK when searching for locations for Amazon shows and Scotland “Trump came.”
He praised Screen Scotland for “empowering people to set up studios” and the influence it had on the Scottish government, which has pushed for more production.
“Screen Scotland is credited that when someone like me raises a hand and says ‘We have big presentations, can Scotland see them?’ [studio] space and it works,” he said.
Last yearThe BBC and Screen Scotland renewed a partnership for £3M ($3.7M) to be cast in Scottish TV across all genres over three years.