Peter Jackson's Own Hollywood in New Zealand
His filmmaking paradise has massively impacted the nation's economy.
John Key, the prime minister of New Zealand, already has circled Nov. 28 on his calendar. That's when Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will have its world premiere in Wellington. The city plans to spend $900,000 on festivities surrounding the occasion, but the whole country has reason to applaud Jackson, who has put New Zealand on the map as a production center with a growing infrastructure. James Cameron is among the filmmakers who have gone to Weta Digital for extensive visual effects work on big films, and the government estimated Avatar contributed $218 million to the economy. That's primarily just for effects, and Key says "it's very hard to know" what the full economic impact of the Hobbit movies will be, "but … there are obviously hundreds of millions of dollars being spent in New Zealand." Perhaps more: When Jackson flirted with taking The Hobbit to Europe to thwart labor organizers in New Zealand, the country's largest bank, ANZ-National, estimated that the loss to the economy would be as high as $1.5 billion. Add in the hundreds of people employed at Jackson's facilities in suburban Miramar, and it's clear his footprint on New Zealand is very large indeed.
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