New Zealand still the home of Middle-earth
Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford has welcomed
Amazon Studios announcing that New Zealand will be the
production location for its new series based on the Lord of
Phil Twyford said New Zealand’s
selection as the production base ahead of other countries
demonstrates the how far the country has come as a player in
the highly competitive global screen industry.
“This is a sought after production and fantastic news
for New Zealand’s screen sector and our economy.
“This will be an ambitious production and having it
based here will create a range of benefits, including jobs
and significant overseas investment, which will unlock more
opportunities to grow our creative and technology sectors.
“The new Lord of the Rings series, along with
other significant screen projects underway or in
development, provides New Zealand with a global stage to
demonstrate our skills, innovation and outstanding natural
beauty. We can be proud of New Zealand’s talent in the
screen sector and what this industry delivers to our
“It’s great to see New Zealand’s
association with Middle earth is continuing and with Hobbit
Day coming up on Sunday, I’m sure fans around the world
will be delighted with this announcement too.
welcome Amazon’s interest in New Zealand and hope to build
from this to develop a fruitful partnership as this new
journey begins,” Phil Twyford said.
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