Magazine article Screen International

Producers Call for Action over Pentland Studios Project

Magazine article Screen International

Producers Call for Action over Pentland Studios Project

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The Association of Film and Television Producers Scotland (AFTPS) has warned that Scotland will fall behind the rest of the UK if the proposed Pentland Studios project is rejected.

Plans for six sound stages on the 96-acre site were "called in" by the Scottish government after Midlothian Council failed to make a ruling on the application.

In a letter to Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon the AFTPS said: "The screen sector in Scotland is failing badly and the public sector is failing its screen sector.

"Our share of the current UK production activity for feature films is currently around 3% of the national total and we receive a smaller percentage of the BBC licence fee.

"Every week there is a 'good news story' for other parts of the UK: new studios, more production activity, more deals being struck and increased spend figures and employment as production activity remains at a record high.

"Meanwhile the industry in Scotland falls even further behind. …

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