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Wales reports record year for TV and film production

Productions filmed with Welsh Government assistance will result in an additional £55 million being injected into Wales’ economy in 2017/18

Wales has seen its busiest year ever in terms of TV and film production according to new figures from the Welsh Government.

Productions such as the BBC’s Requiem, Sky Atlantic’s Britannia (pictured), Channel 4’s Kiri and films including Journey’s End, which have been filmed in Wales with assistance from the Welsh Government, will result in around an estimated additional £55 million being injected into the country’s economy in 2017/18 alone.

Wales’ economy secretary, Ken Skates said: “As a Welsh Government we have taken a conscious decision to grow our creative sector. We have been working hard to attract high-end TV and film productions to Wales, and to ensure we maximise the associated economic benefits.

“Our reward for this effort has been a steep increase in the number of Welsh Government assisted productions filmed in Wales, and a corresponding rise in the amount of money injected into our economy as a result. For every £1 the Welsh Government invests into TV and Film production we are seeing an average of £8 being spent within the Welsh economy.

“Our hard work and investment has helped us to develop Wales’ reputation as a centre of excellence for high-end television drama production; as a country that is geared up to support the sector and as a strong and affordable alternative to London.

“We have developed an infrastructure of complementary studio facilities along the M4 corridor, providing facilities for different types of production, from film to TV and animation.

“And we have recently bolstered this with Wolf Studios Wales in Cardiff which has a maximum eaves height of around 57ft making it attractive to producers of high-end US TV drama productions and big budget films.

“The results of our hard work and investment are speaking for themselves. As a result of Welsh Government financial and practical support , Welsh spend in the creative sector, has increased from over £35 million in 2016/17 to, we anticipate around £55 million by the end of this financial year.”