Following the unveiling of Burton’s star Friday, the Welsh government and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama hosted a reception at the Roosevelt Hotel to highlight the country’s potential as a location for television and drama production.
The outreach comes as the British government is about to roll out a new 25% tax break, to take effect April 1, for high-end television production. The measure is the latest push by the U.K. government to sell itself as a film destination. Since 2007, Britain has attracted $8.31 billion of investment into 825 British films, which have received about $1.2 billion in tax relief.
Film industry officials in the U.K. estimate the incentives could result in approximately $529 million per year of additional investment in British television drama production, boosting the U.K. economy by about $1.5 billion.Two hours from London, Wales has attracted such major productions as "The Dark Knight Rises," "Snow White and the Huntsman," "Captain America," "Clash of the Titans" and "Robin Hood." Several TV shows from BBC producer Julie Gardner also filmed in Wales, including "Doctor Who" and "Sherlock."
“The Welsh Government can also offer flexible funding support for television production and property development,” Hart added. “The Wales Screen Commission provides information on locations, crew and costs that are approximately 20 percent less than in London.”