The UK’s Culture, Media and Sport select committee is launching an investigation into the future of the country’s high-end TV and film production industry.
The inquiry comes 20 years on from the predecessor committee’s report on the British film industry.
Among the areas of interest are the risks and benefits of artificial intelligence to the sector, what should be prioritised to ensure a strong skills pipeline and retention in the film and high-end TV industry, and how attractive is the UK as a global destination for the production of film and high-end television?
Stakeholders are invited to submit their responses by 19th September.
“The challenge is to make sure the industry and government are thinking of the future to maintain and enhance an industry that is hugely important both to the economy and to the culture of the UK and its power on the world stage,” said Dame Caroline Dineage, chair of the committee.
“Thousands of cinemagoers enjoying the new Barbie film this weekend will get to see the latest success story for the British film and high-end TV industry, with the construction of Barbieland from scratch at a studio in the UK demonstrating the sector’s excellent track-record in attracting blockbusters to our shores,” she added.
“We will be looking at how to maintain the attractiveness of the UK as a global destination for production while ensuring independent films, similar to recent hits Rye Lane and Aftersun, can be made and seen. The actors and writers strikes in the United States show the importance of getting ahead of the game in adapting skills and responding to the challenges of artificial intelligence.”
More details about the inquiry can be found here.