Davies to woo Hollywood studios

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Rob Davies Pic Independent Newspapers Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Photo: Simphiwe Mbokazi.

Washington - Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies will travel to Hollywood on Wednesday to encourage the US to make films in South Africa.

“There is a number of Hollywood studios that are involved in film making in South Africa so it was suggested that I go and talk to some of the executives,” he told reporters in Washington following the US-Africa Leaders Summit.

“They know us, some of them have been there (South Africa) already. We will discuss the film incentive, the rebate programme and what we have to offer.”

Davies said he would visit some of the major film studios in Los Angeles.

The film industry was significant in South Africa and accounted for around 25,000 jobs last year, compared to 4500 almost 12 years ago.

“There are many Hollywood films made in South Africa and not just coming there shooting on location but they (are) increasingly doing work in the film studios and post production work,” he said.

*Flight and hotel costs for Sapa's reporter covering the summit were paid by the presidency.* - Sapa

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