Screen unit aims to double the value of film production in Scotland (Scotsman)

An ambitious plan to kick-start a revival in film and TV production in Scotland aims to double the value of the sector in five years. Industry spending in 2016 reached a record £69.4m but a consultation commissioned by Creative Scotland found a new collaborative approach could increase this by 100 per cent. The figures were revealed in a detailed proposal to establish a screen unit within the Scottish Government-funded arts agency, which would offer “leadership, co-ordination and accountability” across the sector. Ministers announced in 2016 an ambition to open such a unit to offer more support for the country’s TV and film industry and to better coordinate public sector investment. It is hoped the screen unit will be operational by April 2018

BY CHRIS MACCALL

ARTICLE PUBLISHED in THE SCOTSMAN