Film and TV spending in Scotland hits record £95m

21 August 2018, 10:20 | Updated: 21 August 2018, 10:38

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The television and film industry spent £95 million in Scotland last year - the highest since records began - according to new figures.

Productions shot in the country in 2017 include Avengers: Infinity War, Outlaw King and Outlander.

Spending also increased on the previous year by £26 million, while it has surged by more than 300% over the past decade.

Now, Creative Scotland has announced the launch of a new £3 million fund for broadcast content and a new partnership known as Screen Scotland.

Robert Wilson, chairman of Creative Scotland, said: "I'm enormously proud to be announcing this significant moment in the development of Scotland's screen sector.

"As a result of the determination and focus of all our partners, the hard work of our dedicated team and the incredible support of the Scottish Government and the National Lottery, we are another step closer to delivering a strong and confident sector for the benefit of all.

"Building on the sector's achievements to date, these latest announcements deliver further on the promise to increase funding, build stronger relationships at home, in the wider UK and internationally, increase capacity within Screen Scotland, working in close collaboration with the sector to ensure its success.

"I firmly believe that Screen Scotland's identity offers a clear and distinct brand that will resonate with the sector and our national and international partners."

The new Broadcast Content Fund will support the development and production of television and digital projects that promote Scotland's culture, creativity and diversity to the world.

Awards of between £10,000 and £500,000 will be available.

Screen Scotland is backed with £20 million from Scottish Government and the National Lottery.

It will provide the funding and support to support cultural, social and economic development for the sector.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, said: "I'm delighted to welcome Screen Scotland, a vital component in our wider vision for Scotland's screen sector.

"It aims to attract, retain and develop talent and businesses in Scotland.

"There is new and enhanced funding and support that puts Scotland on a par with other nations.

"The new Broadcast Content Fund will invest £3 million in our TV sector to provide it with the targeted financial backing it needs to develop.

"Scotland has the talent and the opportunity to grow its TV sector and the job of Screen Scotland is to make sure we seize the moment."