Live action children’s TV got a tax boost in the Autumn Statement on 3 December 2014. Shows that qualify as UK productions will benefit from a 25% tax relief.
The move follows earlier action by the Coalition Government to create an easier tax regime for high-end TV drama, animation and videogames – and these schemes, in addition to the long-standing film tax break, seem to be paying off handsomely for the UK entertainment industry.
WGGB General Secretary Bernie Corbett said: “We welcome the new tax break and we hope it will be effective. This should help to redress the balance between live action and (often imported) cartoons on kids’ channels.
“We want to see more commitment to children’s programmes by ITV and indies, as well as the BBC, plus there will now be less excuse for broadcasters and producers to treat children’s TV writers as the Cinderellas of the industry.”