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Statistics released by the UK’s Department for Culture, Media & Sport have revealed that 2016 was a bumper year for the UK’s creative industries, with results cementing a reputation as a hub for attracting, producing and retaining talent.

game of thronesSpend on UK film and TV production in the UK soared in 2016, reaching £1.6 billion, a 13% increase compared with 2015, according to figures released by the British Film Institute (BFI). Of that, £1.35 billion was invested by 48 major inward investment films basing themselves in the UK. But film wasn’t the only sector to thrive in 2016. The data also showed that overseas companies spent £478 million on making high-end TV shows such as HBO’s Game of Thrones, Netflix/Left Bank’s The Crown, Starz’/Company Pictures The White Princess, Crackle’s Snatch, TNT’s Will and Sony’s Outlander.

The news comes two weeks after a survey from Pact — the trade association representing the commercial interests of UK independent television, film, digital, children’s and animation media companies — that UK television programmes generated sales to international markets in 2015/16 rising to £1.326 billion, a 10% increase on the previous report period.

It was no surprise that UK creative industries were going from strength to strength when it can boast such superb talent and expertise, remarked UK Culture Secretary Karen Bradley. Added BFI CEO Amanda Nevill: “British stories and British talent are firing the global imagination. Films and television series such as I, Daniel Blake, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Notes on Blindness and The Crown are generating investment, creating jobs and thrilling audiences – and fingers crossed winning yet more awards – at home and internationally. UK Film and TV employ tens of thousands in the UK, help bring international investment to our shores and take British culture to nations around the world. We can all be justifiably proud of the UK’s success in these most dynamic and exciting art-forms.”
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