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NEWS RELEASE · 25th March 2010
M. of Tourism, Culture & Arts
Film and television production spending in British Columbia in 2009 was $1.3 billion, an increase of more than $100 million over 2008.

According to BC Film Commission data released today, a total of 239 productions were shot in B.C. in 2009:

* 84 foreign productions: 37 feature films, 14 television series, 24 television projects and nine animated series or projects.
* 155 domestic productions: 19 feature films, 34 television series, 90 television projects and 12 animated series or projects.

While expenditures increased $100 million in 2009, there was a decrease in the total number of projects: 239 compared to 260 in 2008. The majority of activity was in foreign feature film production, which totalled $641 million in 2009, an increase of nearly $200 million over 2008. Domestic production spending in B.C. decreased to $217 million in 2009.

Some examples of film, television and animation productions shot in British Columbia in 2009 include: Twilight Saga: New Moon and Eclipse, The A-Team, Tron: Legacy, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Stargate Universe, Caprica, Fringe, Hiccups, 1001 Nights and Thomas and Friends.

To support the continued growth of this industry, Budget 2010 includes the following enhancements to film, television and digital media tax incentives:

* Production Services Tax Credit on labour costs for foreign productions increased to 33 per cent from 25 per cent.
* Digital Animation or Visual Effects tax credit bonus increased to 17.5 per cent from 15 per cent.
* Qualified B.C. labour expenditures cap increased to 60 per cent from 48 per cent of production costs.
* New BC Interactive Digital Media tax credit for interactive game development of 17.5 per cent of qualifying B.C. labour costs.

British Columbia is the third-largest film and television service production centre in North America, contributing over one billion dollars annually to B.C.'s economy and providing an estimated 20,000 direct and 15,000 indirect jobs.

For a representation of the 2009 production statistics in table form, visit
http://www.mediaroom.gov.bc.ca/DisplayEventDetails.aspx?eventId=481.

To view the complete 2009 Film and Television Production report, visit
http://www.bcfilmcommission.com/about_u/stats.htm.