Good Omens For TV And Film Industries, Which Contribute Nearly $700m To Scottish Economy: Screen Scotland Report

Neil Gaiman’s lucky cue, Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga and James Bond no time to die There are only a handful of productions filmed in Scotland, and a new report confirms that TV and film is blooming north of the border.

Screen ScotlandThe report shows that industries contributed more than £568m ($697m) to the country’s economy in 2019, a figure expected to double by the end of the decade.

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“There was a lot of discussion, and of course it all came down to money and practicalities, but the bottom line was that we could have made it in Scotland and at the top level.”

Screen ScotlandThe report, focusing on 2019 before the pandemic shut down several productions, cited various headlines for the local industry boom: outlander Series 5, 25th James Bond Film no time to dieseason four Crown, our ladies, Weeping and Netflix’s Eurovision film with Will Ferrell.

Scottish Culture Secretary Angus Robertson told the BBC: “If the growth trend continues, this will increase from half a billion to £1 billion by 2030,” he said. “This is tremendous news for the Scottish economy in general.”

The report comes after Screen Scotland director David Smith added his voice to those arguing vigorously against the privatization of state-owned broadcaster Channel 4, which the government is currently planning to sell.

Smith recently told the Scottish Parliament’s Constitution, Europe, Foreign Affairs and Culture that public sector broadcasters are the cornerstone of the creative economy, with the BBC and Channel 4 accounting for 87% of the region.

“There is no evidence that the sale of Channel 4 to a private buyer would be good for the production sector in Scotland or the UK and I think we have plenty of reasons to be concerned,” Smith said.