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Spending on Scottish TV and film productions increases 30 per cent

Spend in 2016 reached £69.4 million – the highest figures since records began

Spending on film and TV productions in Scotland increased by £16.7 million in 2016, reaching a record high.

The figures, released by Creative Scotland, show spend in 2016 reached £69.4 million – the highest figures since records began. Since 2007, spend has increased more than 200 per cent from £23 million.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “These figures show Scotland’s film and TV industry is stronger than ever. This is good news for our cultural story while bringing significant benefits to the wider economy.

“Production companies are attracted here because of our stunning locations and talented people. The additional investment announced by the government will help consolidate this growth, enabling us to strengthen and better coordinate public sector support for the film and TV sector.”

Natalie Usher, director, Screen, at Creative Scotland, said: “It is extremely encouraging to see the significant and continued rise in Scotland’s production spend figures.

“Throughout 2016, major international productions have continued to base themselves in Scotland. Sony Starz have returned to the large-scale production base at Wardpark Studios for Outlander (pictured). TV dramas In Plain Sight and The Loch have enjoyed network success. Glasgow hosted Björn Runge’s feature film, The Wife, starring Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce and Christian Slater, and Edinburgh also played a starring role in Danny Boyle’s T2: Trainspotting.

“The continued growth in production spend is testament to our world class talent, crews, facilities and award-winning locations. It also demonstrates the impact of continued support from Scottish Government and the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s funding alongside the UK’s Film and TV tax reliefs.”