Film Auckland applauds the visionary move by Auckland Development Committee’s decision to greenlight the Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) proposal to put together a deal for the private sector to either lease or buy 20ha of council-owned land to develop a purpose-built screen precinct, with 10ha to be earmarked for new housing.
As the organisation which advocates for the region’s screen industry members, Film Auckland feels that to attract and service local productions as well as the lucrative international film projects interested in filming here, Auckland needs to facilitate the setting up of an integrated screen precinct which supports studio facilities, industry and screen training.
Such a precinct will create an incredible opportunity that will foster the screen, education, building, hospitality and other allied industries.
In the last year alone there were a significant number of productions that didn’t come to Auckland due to the region’s poor studio infrastructure (Source: ATEED). The proposed screen production precinct is predicted to create over 435 jobs long term and numerous other non-film specific businesses in Auckland. Added to this will be intellectual property as well as the cultural contribution which the screen precinct will facilitate.
Auckland’s screen production industry is an incredibly important part of the local economy that injected nearly $650 million gross revenue into the region in 2014 (Source: Statistics New Zealand). Marketing Economics Ltd estimates the new precinct will lead to a $483 million GDP growth over 25 years and $1.75 billion extra revenue to the regional economy.