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Scottish productions help to develop our screen sector
The recent surge in film and TV production in Scotland has led to a boost in training opportunities for Scottish talent, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said today.
Visiting the set of hit Gaelic language drama Bannan, on the day she announced record screen production spend in Scotland, Ms Hyslop met some of the crew who had been trained and developed their skills whilst working on the production.
Young Films who produce Bannan spend 20 per cent of production costs on training and development and around 50 per cent of the crew on the shoot Ms Hyslop visited are receiving some form of training or career progression.
Ms Hyslop said:
"Meeting some of the talented crew who have been trained to a world leading standard while working on Bannan demonstrates just some of the benefits of Scottish film and TV production.
"These productions generate significant income for Scotland through the use of Scottish talent, crews and locations. In addition to this, the interest generated in Scotland also has a positive impact on tourism figures.
"Bannan is a major Scottish success story - reaching a bigger audience than any other programme on BBC ALBA since it launched in 2011 and allocating a significant proportion of its production costs to training and professional development opportunities for young people.
"Our continuing support for Bannan underlines the Scottish Government's firm commitment to increasing indigenous language programming which we have made clear to the UK Government we expect to see more of through the BBC Charter renewal process."
Chris Young, Producer of Bannan and Managing Director of Young Films said:
"We are now filming the last few episodes of the 18-episode Bannan cycle, and it's amazing to think that we only started filming the pilot exactly two years ago next week. That's nine hours of TV drama produced in Scotland in two years, which is something I'm very proud of. The support we have received from both Creative Scotland and the Scottish Government has made a huge difference in making this happen.
"In the process of filming Bannan, we have managed to train a whole new home-grown team of new writers, directors, producers, actors and technicians in long-running TV drama.
"I believe Bannan provides a very good model for how we can significantly expand indigenous film and television production and training in Scotland."
Ms Hyslop visited the set after announcing film and TV production spend in Scotland had reached a record level of £45.2m in 2014.
The record high spend - an increase of around £12m compared to 2013 - demonstrates a fast growing appetite from major film and high-end TV makers to use Scotland as a backdrop for their productions.
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