Production Restart scheme extended by six months

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LIly JamesThe Government’s UK Film & TV Production Restart Scheme has been extended by an additional six months, now remaining open until 30 April 2022. 

The latest extension will provide cover for claims up to 30 June 22, protecting an estimated £1.2bn of production spend and more than 34,000 jobs across approx 400 productions. The scheme fee will increase to 2.5% from 1 November. 

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said: “Our world-leading film and TV industry supports hundreds of thousands of jobs – that’s why it was so important we helped it to get up and running again as part of our Plan for Jobs.

“It’s great that by extending the Film & TV Production Restart Scheme we will give even more productions the confidence to keep rolling, supporting jobs across the UK and producing the film and TV we all love.

Culture secretary Nadine Dorries commented: “Our brilliant film and TV industry is creating jobs, driving investment and selling the UK on screens both big and small across the globe.

“Together the UK Global Screen Fund and UK Film & TV Production Restart Scheme are developing new opportunities in the sector and helping British talent and creativity to develop, grow and reach audiences around the world, whilst protecting and supporting our brilliant producers and screen businesses across the whole country.”

The £500m UK Film & TV Production Restart Scheme opened last year and has supported 835 productions working across the UK, protecting more than 70,000 jobs and £2.3bn of production spend.

BFI chief executive Ben Roberts added: “With the eyes of the world on the UK this week as we launch the BFI London Film Festival and celebrate the release of Bond, today’s announcement is more great news for our screen industries, delivering vital support for UK film & TV and helping independent production reach new heights globally.”

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