Amazon Studios announced this to the New Zealand government. Economic Development Minister Stuart Nash expressed disappointment over the move, saying “the government was informed of the decision yesterday.”
“Amazon Studios intends to continue post-production on the first season in New Zealand until June 2022. From the second season onwards, filming will take place in the United Kingdom.” Nash said Amazon is looking to expand its manufacturing sector in the UK and expand its presence there.
New Zealand withdraws financial aid
The American company spent $ 465 million for the filming of the first season. As a result, New Zealand is withdrawing five percent of the grant from film production grants. Another 20 percent grant has already been used according to the government.
Amazon Studios has been shooting in Auckland since last year and employs over 1,200 people in production. According to the New Zealand government, another 700 are indirectly involved. Positive effects on New Zealand’s economy and tourism have been expected over the years.
Amazon Studios plans to produce five seasons of Lord of the Rings, which would make it one of the most expensive television series ever.
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