UK and South Africa agree TV filming deal
The UK and South Africa have established a TV filming deal that will enable productions from each country to qualify for each other’s television tax credit support.
South Africa offers a production rebate for TV shoots, while the UK offers High-End Television Tax Relief, as well as support for animations and children’s TV.
The deal complements a pre-existing film deal which has supported features like the comic book reimagining Dredd (pictured) and Western drama The Salvation, both of which were UK/South Africa co-productions made in South Africa.
“The inclusion of television in the existing, successful film co-production treaty represents exciting new opportunities for growth and collaboration between the UK and South Africa and will be of great mutual benefit to both countries,” said Amanda Nevill, head of the British Film Institute.
“There is well-established collaboration between UK and South African TV production companies,” said Max Rumney, deputy chief executive of UK organisation PACT (the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television).
“It’s important to the independent production sector that these relationships are strengthened and formalised, and Pact’s members look forward to creating more co-production opportunities with our South African counterparts.”
The UK’s international appeal as a TV filming location has soared since the launch of its High-End Television Tax Relief in 2013. Kiefer Sutherland’s action drama 24: Live Another Day was one of the first shoots to use the support, filming mainly in London.
South Africa is one of the top production hubs in the southern hemisphere and is already popular for UK television shows. Recent shoots have included the upcoming ITV drama series Tutankhamun and the BBC’s military drama Our Girl.
For more on filming in South Africa see our production guide.
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