Magazine article Screen International

Vaizey Again Calls for Sky to Invest in British Film Production

Magazine article Screen International

Vaizey Again Calls for Sky to Invest in British Film Production

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At his speech outlining the UK Government's plans for film, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey once again called on Sky to invest in British film production.

He praised Channel 4's boosting of its film budget to £15m annually for the next five years, and the BBC's £12m/year support. "Public service broadcasters are playing a great role in bringing high quality British content to wide audiences."

But then he made a renewed plea that BSkyB should also regularly back UK film production. "I also strongly believe Sky should seriously consider investing in the production of British Film. As one of the country's most innovative broadcasters, it would bring a new dynamic force to the table, which would lift everyone's game."

When further questioned on it, the minister noted that it was an issue he planned to bring up regularly. "Every time I make a speech about film, I'm going to mention Sky investing in films," he said, drawing laughs from the room of industry experts and press. …

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