UK film and TV production spending fell only 21% in 2020 despite pandemic – Deadline

Britain’s premium film and television industries naturally saw a slowdown in 2020, with the pandemic initially bringing a complete halt before the gradual recovery saw the fourth quarter of the year record impressive numbers.

According to new statistics from the British Film Institute, spending on films and television on Britain’s shores was £ 2.84million for the year, a surprisingly slim 21% drop from the previous year . Cinema suffered most of the decline – 31% less for the year compared to 11% for premium television.

After the industry followed the country as a whole in full lockdown mode in March, Jurassic World: Dominion was the first large-scale film production to resume production in the UK, with Universal implementing a then unprecedented set of Covid-19 protocols that enabled over 40,000 tests to be performed at an overall additional cost of up to $ 8 millions of dollars. Fox Networks Group and Canal + War of the Worlds followed as the first major high-end drama to pick up in July.

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A beginning of stuttering, which has seen many delays linked to Covid on productions such as The batman when Robert Pattinson caught Covid, it gained momentum towards the end of the year. Today’s BFI statistics show that the fourth quarter saw a recovery as production spending hit a more than healthy $ 1.19 billion, the second-highest three-month total on record.

Overall, foreign currency (foreign investment) reached £ 2.36 billion, accounting for 91% of total spending on movies (£ 1.24 billion) and 76% of total spending on television (1, £ 13 billion).

UK domestic production was £ 119.5m, or 9% of overall spending – 43% below the previous year, continuing a downward trend accelerated by circumstances.

The box office was also hit hard, with cinemas closed for much of the year. In total, 44 million admissions were made, 75% lower than in 2019. The total box office of £ 307 million across the UK and Ireland was down 81%.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden called the figures “impressive” and said the industry was showing its “resilience and creativity”. He praised the government’s film and television reboot program, which provides insurance support for production and has now been extended until April, as well as the Cultural Revival Fund, which awarded grants to organizations such as cinemas.

BFI Managing Director Ben Roberts added that the numbers “show an incredibly vibrant and positive picture for UK film and television” after a difficult year. “This industry is poised to grow with the expansion underway in studios and production hot spots across the UK, creating more jobs and more for the economy,” he added.

Adrian Wootton OBE, managing director of the British Film Commission, said the resumption of production was “well underway” and demand for content was “greater than ever”.

“High-end film and television have an important role to play in the UK economy, providing UK plc with billions of pounds in countries and regions and supporting hundreds and thousands of jobs,” he said. -he adds.

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