The North’s First Minister Peter Robinson said: ‘Securing the filming of series four is proof that Northern Ireland can host large-scale productions with positive spin-off into other sectors such as tourism, where we can showcase stunning locations such as the Causeway Coast and the Glens, Ballintoy and Murlough Bay, to name but a few.’
‘The success of Game of Thrones shows our commitment to leave no stone unturned when seeking to secure such international productions,’ ‘We travelled to Los Angeles to press the case for the Northern Ireland film industry and to encourage HBO to return to film their fourth series’.
Mr Robinson went on to say ‘We have seen the economic impact of an estimated 65 million pounds across the three seasons and we want to grow our local film industry to attract more international projects of this scale.’
The North’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said: ‘Meeting with HBO senior executives at the launch of Game of Thrones series three in Los Angeles last month shows we are prepared to go the extra mile to secure such an internationally renowned production for our local film industry. The credibility associated with a project of this scale has significant potential for our economy.
‘A very important part of this large-scale inward investing production is the training and skills development for the local industry’.
Production for seasons one, two and three of Game of Thrones occurred in Belfast with filming in the Paint Hall Studios and other locations across Northern Ireland including the North Coast, Tollymore Forest Park and Castle Ward. Other location work in previous seasons took place in Malta, Croatia, Iceland, and Morocco.
More than 700,000 people tuned in to Sky Atlantic to see Monday evening’s UK premiere – up from 522,000 who watched the start of the second series – while 4.4 million saw the US premiere. Data compiled by technology website TorrentFreak also suggested that the program has been illegally shared and downloaded over a million times since its US premiere. HBO’s head of programming Michael Lombardo called the piracy “a compliment of sorts”.
“The demand is there,” he said. “And it certainly didn’t negatively impact the DVD sales. Piracy is something that comes along with having a wildly successful show on a subscription network.”
Northern Ireland Screen, Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund will all provide funding for series 4.
Good news for the Industry in Northern Ireland, while South of the border crews still wait in anticipation for news of incoming productions.
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