Sunday 4 December 2016

'Business as usual' for TV series 'Game of Thrones'

Jane O'Faherty

Published 25/06/2016 | 02:30

Northern Ireland Screen stressed that it would be 'business as usual' for the HBO show and productions choosing to come to the region. Photo: Northern Ireland Tourist Board/PA Wire
Northern Ireland Screen stressed that it would be 'business as usual' for the HBO show and productions choosing to come to the region. Photo: Northern Ireland Tourist Board/PA Wire

Northern Ireland's body for film and TV productions has dismissed claims the hit series 'Game of Thrones' will be affected by the UK's decision to leave the EU.

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Northern Ireland Screen stressed that it would be "business as usual" for the HBO show and productions choosing to come to the region.

"Northern Ireland Screen is not concerned about the effects of leaving the EU," it said. "Our production funding comes from the Northern Ireland Executive through Invest NI and does not use monies provided from European-funded programmes," it added. "We look forward to business as usual."

It comes after Peter Chase of the German Marshall Fund of the United States told ForeignPolicy.com the exit could leave US productions "up in the air".

"There are EU programmes to help fund all of this," he said. "If the UK is no longer part of the EU, that has the potential to go away."

It is estimated that 'Game of Thrones' has brought about €135m to the North's economy since 2010.

Irish Independent

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