Manufacturing spend within the Scottish high-end TV (HETV) and movie industries hit £617.4 million in 2021, a rise of 55% in comparison with 2019’s £398.6 million, in accordance with statistics launched at present by Display Scotland.
The determine launched at present consists of content material made by Scotland-based producers, producers primarily based outdoors of Scotland filming in Scotland, and Public Service Broadcasters (PSBs) commissioned content material.
Display Scotland stated over 80% of the web enhance in manufacturing spending between 2019 and 2021 (£218.8m) was because of “the tremendous growth” in inward movie and HETV manufacturing. General, inward movie funding and HETV manufacturing spend elevated by 110%, from £165.3 million in 2019 to £347.4 million in 2021. Throughout this era, Scotland was dwelling to a number of big-budget movies, together with Batgirl, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Future and HETV exhibits like The Rig, Good Omens, and Anansi Boys. PSB-commissioned content material elevated from £196.6 million to £223.3 million over the identical interval.
In complete, the display screen sector in Scotland contributed a Gross Worth Added (GVA) of £627 million to Scotland’s economic system in 2021, offering 10,930 full-time equal (FTE) jobs, up from £568 million and 10,940 FTEs in 2019.
The report, which has been launched on the final day of the Edinburgh Movie Competition, credit Display Scotland’s formation in 2018 alongside the opening of latest and expanded studio services, notably FirstStage Studios in Edinburgh, the place Prime Video’s The Rig and Anansi Boys have been shot, and the growth of The Pyramids in West Lothian, dwelling to Good Omens 2, for the rise.
Different productions that have been shot in studios and on location in Scotland in 2021 included Disney+ Star Wars sequence Andor, DC’s The Flash, Netflix’s Princess Swap 3: Romancing the Star, The Misplaced King starring Sally Hawkins and Steve Coogan, and Peaky Blinders, which shot on location in Aberdeenshire.
“The growth in all forms of production in Scotland between 2019 and 2021 is a phenomenal result,” stated Isabel Davis, Display Scotland’s Govt Director. “It shows us that public investment via Screen Scotland in infrastructure, development, production, and skills development, combined with attractive levels of production incentives are the catalyst for a successful industry.”
Davis added: “Now is the time to build on these newly created jobs and growth with a sustained funding commitment towards skills development, attraction of large-scale productions, and a focus on the development of locally originated film and television. Screen Scotland is committed to delivering further growth, working hand in hand with the commercial production and studio sectors. This will rely upon sustained funding and support in order for Scotland to seize the opportunities ahead of it and see that growth trajectory continue.”