Peter Jackson: 'Hobbit' decision in 'week or two'

Report: Situation remained unchanged after meeting between union and management representatives.

"The Hobbit" is still on hold.

A report in the New Zealand Herald quotes a spokesman for director-producer Peter Jackson as saying, "Warner Brothers are running financial models about the costs of shooting in a variety of countries. We expect a decision is still a week or two away."

This came despite a meeting today between union and management representatives, which a statement characterized as "a useful and productive discussion."

Jackson's spokesman told the Herald that the "Hobbit" situation remained unchanged following the meeting.

The meeting, which was facilitated by Economic Development Minister Gerry Brownlee, involved representatives of the country's Screen Production and Development Assn., New Zealand Actors' Equity, and the Council of Trade Unions. No representatives of Jackson were present at the meeting, THR has learned.

It's unclear to what extent the meeting focused on "Hobbit." The statement suggested a broader focus: "The parties have agreed to work together to update the conditions of engagement for performers in the New Zealand screen production industry."

The joint statement added that "the parties believe this process will help to ensure New Zealand remains an attractive screen production environment." SPADA, NZAE and the CTU have agreed to a press blackout.

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