UK-Brazil filming treaty finally ratified
A film and TV treaty agreed between the UK and Brazil has finally been ratified five years after being signed.
The treaty will enable UK producers to keep the rights for content they film in Brazil and they will also have easier access to Brazil’s filming incentives, according to a Screen report.
Ratification was delayed as a result of political instability in Brazil.
“By ratifying the treaty, systems will be put in place that will hopefully allow British and Brazilian producers to do deals together, safe in the knowledge that there’s a process and framework in place so they can move forward securely,” said David Notman-Watt of UK production company Back2Back, in comments to Screen.
Brazil has a particularly vibrant TV market – with nearly 20 million people subscribing to more than 200 channels – and this has great potential for UK-produced content.
“In the creative industry, the contacts we had have all gone, so we need to give Brazil another crack,” said Dawn McCarthy-Simpson, head of international development at Pact, in comments to Screen.
“It’s important that UK indies get the funding they need to visit Brazil and take advantage of the co-production funding and opportunities now available to them.”
International production interest in Brazil continues to grow, with Netflix having announced drama Operation Car Wash – Lava Jato in Portuguese – which tells the story of an infamous Brazilian political scandal. Netflix has already filmed the post-apocalyptic series 3% in Brazil.