The series, which will feature street scenes of Cape Town, presents a rare opportunity to showcase the City to watchers around the world: “With its wide audience base, this show will tap directly into the homes of potential tourists. In addition to tourism revenue, each of the twelve episodes will generate around R3million for the local economy, and create much needed jobs in the film industry. The road closures and minor inconveniences associated with the shoot will be offset multiple times by the gains that the region will incur”, said Lillie.
Also, there is also the prospect of spin off business from this new venture. Africa HD is planning a new global satellite and cable channel which will be dedicated to African content in high definition.
The Western Cape Government and City of Cape Town, which both fund the Cape Film Commission and view the sector as an important catalyst for economic growth, have given their full support to the project.
Western Cape Minister of Economic Development and Tourism, Alan Winde, said: “This is a major coup for our region which will create jobs for the local film industry, and give a much needed boost to the region’s economy. We wish the producers all the best, and commit to partner with the CFC in giving them full support with anything that they may need.”
City Councillor for Economic Development, Alderman Belinda Walker, said the City would do its part to assist the Cape Film Commission and the Producers to ensure that the permitting process runs as smoothly as possible. Tourism, Events and Marketing Councillor, Alderman Grant Pascoe, added: “The City of Cape Town is fully behind this project, and we will ensure that the producers experience Cape Town as the film friendly city that it is. The decision to film this series here in Cape Town will strengthen Cape Town’s brand both as a tourist- and film destination.”
For further enquiries contact:
Marketing and Communications Manager
Cape Film Commission
tel: 021 483 9070
fax: 021 483 9071