Film London and Screen South to merge
Filming Partnership to be piloted for one year before reviewLONDON -- Government-backed movie agencies Film London and Screen South are joining forces to merge inward investment efforts and location support services in an attempt to pull in more movie-making and investment to the British capital and the south.
Combined, the duo will rep a sizeable chunk of the movie-making services in the U.K. with some 85% of the U.K. movie industry happening in London and the south east.
This merger, dubbed the Filming Partnership, will continue to service all production industries including film, TV, commercials and video games and encompass London's 33 local authorities as well as Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Middlesex, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex. It will also cover major studio facilities such as Pinewood, Shepperton, Ealing, 3 Mills and Maidstone.
A spokesperson said the union, which will be piloted for a year before being reviewed, will not mean any job losses or budget changes at either organization.
Film London chief Adrian Wootton said: "By joining forces we can provide a more extensive range of expertise and knowledge to give productions the best possible service. London is one of the world's busiest production centers, the South East is home of the some of the world's best studios and together we offer a metropolitan city, areas of outstanding natural beauty and world-class talent -- it is the complete package. Providing a single point of contact will deliver a more coherent and efficient service, avoiding duplication, which will benefit productions of all sizes."