Double Negative gets positive about quality TV
Tuesday 23 April 2013
Britain's biggest movie visual-effects (VFX) company made a significant move into quality television yesterday as a direct result of George Osborne's decision to give the sector tax breaks.
Double Negative, which was behind the effects on Batman: The Dark Knight Rises and the Harry Potter films, has recruited a trio of senior industry figures who have worked at rival firm Rushes to launch the television arm.
Mr Osborne introduced the tax breaks for television drama at the start of this month in response to lobbying from creative industries, which claimed they were losing out on work as other countries had better concessions. Double Negative's managing director Alex Hope said: "The TV tax credit that is coming into force, we believe, is going to be a driver to bring new TV production activity to the UK — notwithstanding the work that is already here."
He said television producers were investing more in VFX as viewers lapped up big-budget dramas such as the HBO series Game Of Thrones.
At the same time, the film market looks tougher as DVD sales, a huge money-spinner, are under pressure.
Double Negative, which has an annual turnover of £75m, is based in London's West End.
- 1 Three of Pope Francis' relatives die in Argentina car crash, including two young great-nephews
Syria conflict: President Assad finally turns on Isis as government steps up campaign against militant strongholds
Michael Brown shooting: Amnesty International sends team within US for first time as National Guard deployed
Iraq crisis: Islamic State's message to America - 'We will drown you all in blood'
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness
Celebrity Big Brother 2014: Audley Harrison meets Kellie Maloney: 'Was Kellie really the best you could come up with?'
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Ukip MEP calls for reintroduction of death penalty on fiftieth anniversary of last deaths
Russell Brand calls for Israel boycott: Comedian urges big businesses that 'facilitate the oppression of people in Gaza' to pull funding
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
World peace? These are the only 11 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict
iJobs Money & Business
£700 per day: Harrington Starr: Quantitative Developer C++, Python, STL, R, PD...
£30000 - £44000 per annum + Bonus+Benefits+Package: Harrington Starr: Web deve...
£40000 - £65000 per annum + benefits+bonus+package: Harrington Starr: Senior A...
£35000 - £45000 per annum + benefits+bonus+package: Harrington Starr: Web deve...