London Paramount Resort signs deal with British Film Institute (BFI)
PUBLISHED: 08:57 17 March 2015 | UPDATED: 08:57 17 March 2015
Swanscombe project secures latest big name partner
The company behind the multi-billion pound London Paramount Entertainment Resort has signed its latest partnership deal - with the British Film Institute (BFI).
It will assume the position of ‘strategic cultural counsel’.
It will provide advice on how British films and talent can best be incorporated into the resort, which will be built on a former cement works at the Swanscombe peninsula.
A spokesman explained: “The BFI will ensure that the UK’s acclaimed film industry plays a central role at a world-class entertainment resort and help connect new international audiences to a wide choice of British cinema.”
It is just the latest deal signed by London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH).
There is already a major umbrella deal with Hollywood studio Paramount Pictures. This will allow the park to use such iconic branding as Stark Trek, The Godfather, Mission: Impossible and the Italian Job.
There have then been additional deals with the likes of the BBC and Aardman - the firm behind Wallace and Gromit.
The entertainment resort is scheduled to open in Easter 2020, subject to the granting of planning permission by the UK Government. A planning application will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in autumn 2015, following a comprehensive programme of consultation with north Kent communities and relevant stakeholders.
David Testa, director at London Paramount, said: “Our vision for the London Paramount Entertainment Resort is to create a world-class entertainment destination that combines the glamour of Hollywood with the best of British culture. Having the BFI onboard with their unrivalled knowledge of the UK film industry will help us identify the right mix of British film and talent to entertain our visitors, who will have travelled from all corners of the world to enjoy the resort.”
Amanda Nevill, CEO of the BFI, said: “Plans for the London Paramount Entertainment Resort project comes as British film and film talent are attracting audiences and acclaim from all over the world, UK production is at an all time high and the UK is fast becoming the filmmaking hub of the world. A new destination that showcases film in such an ambitious and entertaining way has the potential to have a positive impact towards job creation, tourism and business growth so is a very compelling economic as well as cultural proposition.”
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