Robinson, McGuinness in NI filming bid

Published Tuesday, 19 March 2013
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Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness say they are hoping to attract further filming projects into Northern Ireland, during their visit to America.

Robinson, McGuinness in NI filming bid
Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness met with Barack Obama. (© Presseye)

Belfast has become a popular destination for crews and a third series of HBO's Game of Thrones was filmed at the Titanic Studios in the city.

The First and deputy First Ministers pitched for further developments while in Los Angeles this week.

Mr Robinson said they want Northern Ireland to continue to develop its reputation as an excellent location for creative industries to invest

"Game of Thrones has generated up to £65m direct spend in the local economy.

"We will continue to build on our highly successful relationship with HBO and have made a strong argument for any further series to continue to be filmed in Northern Ireland," he commented.

Mr McGuinness added: "The film industry is an important sector for our economy and offers huge potential for further growth.

"HBO'S Emmy award-winning 'Game of Thrones' has created 800 jobs and contributed millions to the local economy.

"Its success provides the perfect platform to pitch for more film making projects from this important niche market."

During the trip, Mr Robinson and McGuinness also met with US President Barack Obama, as did Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

The First and deputy First Ministers discussed with Mr Obama the progress being made towards a shared future in Northern Ireland.

© UTV News
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16 Comments
john in England wrote (494 days ago):
Mr Robinson. Were is your green tie?
maggie in north west wrote (497 days ago):
Great actors the pair of them. even their smiles are false.
DaddyPobbin in Belfast wrote (497 days ago):
It's pretty much their job to put a brave face on things as sectarian bigots on both sides want to bring the North back into civil unrest. it's still about winning to these people instead of making sure their children have a decent upbringing and the best opportunities. No flag will secure that or bombing police. Fruitless. What these two are doing are more important, and we elected them to do it so quit moaning and start to help yourself.
jackie in belfast wrote (497 days ago):
@HAPPY FACE in Belfast don,t hold out much for what you are saying when you can,t even call Northern Ireland by its proper name !
Paul, in Belfast, not by choice wrote (497 days ago):
Patrick, your having a laugh arent you?You hate to be a politican in the north, trying being a business man or woman, trying being educated and young without a job,in the north and finally try coming back from dorset and living here, then your comment would be abit more valid. You are obviously having a laugh arent you, instigating?
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