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Auckland screen industry powers up

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Apr 10 - New Zealand film production revenue increased 15 percent to $1.1 billion in 2017, Stats NZ said today. Auckland’s film sector led this growth in 2017; however, Wellington still remains the main player in film production.

“New Zealand’s largest city is becoming a filming destination,” business performance manager Laura O’Leary said. “Auckland’s film production revenue was estimated at $489 million in 2017 – increasing 37 percent from 2016. The number of businesses involved in the screen industry in Auckland grew 9 percent in 2017.”

While Wellington’s film production revenue decreased slightly from 2016, it is still the main player in film production, accounting for gross revenue of $631 million in 2017.

“In 2017, Wellington’s film production revenue was more than half (55 percent) of New Zealand’s total, while Auckland’s share rose to 43 percent,” Ms O’Leary said. “In 2017, Wellington-based production and post-production companies contributed to the making of Ghost in the Shell, Thor: Ragnarok, Blade Runner 2049, Justice League, and War for the Planet of the Apes, while Mortal Engines was shot in Wellington.”

Continue here to read the full StatsNZ report  |  April 10, 2018   |||