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Agents back council plan

AAANZ, Auckland, 10 July 2015: The Actors Agents Association of New Zealand (AAANZ) supports the decision by Auckland Council to allow ATEED to seek arrangements for a film studio precinct at Hobsonville Point.

The AAANZ wholeheartedly agrees with the Auckland Development Committee’s decision to greenlight Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED)’s proposal to put together a deal for the private sector to either lease or buy 20ha of council-owned land at Hobsonville Point to develop a purpose built screen precinct, with 10ha to be used for new housing.

The AAANZ is the organisation which advocates for both the nation’s actors agents and their actor clients. Its members are certain that Auckland needs to facilitate the setting up of an integrated screen precinct which supports studio facilities as well as general industry and specific screen training for all disciplines. We believe that the creation of this precinct will attract and support both international and local film and television productions as well as provide a central location for the many service suppliers such as equipment rentals, training institutions, fx creators, casting directors and agents.

ATEED have highlighted that in the last year alone there were a significant number of productions that were unable to use Auckland due to the region’s poor studio infrastructure. The changes made to the financial incentives for productions last year are but one part of the revival of the industry and the creation of this precinct will both ensure the retention of existing jobs and the creation of additional ones across the industry. The opportunities will encompass onset jobs and the creation of intellectual property (IP), a stated objective of the government.

Auckland’s screen production industry is a very important part of both the regional and the national economy. The AAANZ looks forward to continuing to support the initiative as it is finalised.

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