California & U.K., Film and Entertainment Export Powerhouses

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

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California and the U.K. are among the biggest exporters of creative content in the world. The two entertainment powerhouses also work together to advance the industry. The California Film Commission and its fellow film commissions in the U.K. work in concert to advance film/TV production best practices and economic development. The British Consulate recently held a corporate dialogue with representatives from the British Consulate, the California Film Commission, and the Pacific Council to discuss facets of the U.S.-U.K. Free Trade Agreement. The conversation focused on the entertainment industry and topics pertaining to intellectual property, digital copyright, and the U.S.-U.K. trade relationship within this sector.

As production activity ramps back up in California and the U.K. amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, safety remains a top priority and unifying focus between the two region’s film commission offices.

Recently, the California Film Commission announced its latest round of film projects to be supported by California’s $330 million tax credit program. Nine feature films representing a wide range of budgets and diverse storylines were selected to be awarded tax credits in this latest round and, combined, will generate an estimated $284 million in state expenditures and employ an estimated 1,340 crew, 342 cast, and 14,397 background actors over a total of 374 filming days in California.

For more information, contact Kaitlin Lewis, communications director, California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

Category: U.K. Relations, Economic News, UK Connection