In the News: LA beckons Blumsky - NZ Press

LA beckons Blumsky
Feb 12, 2000 - The Press On-line

WELLINGTON -- Wellington's film industry will receive a huge boost if mayor Mark Blumsky attends a major film industry event in Los Angeles, city councillors say.

Mr Blumsky has won the backing of nearly all the council to attend the Locations 2000 expo from February 25 to 27.

He appeared reluctant, saying it was a long way to travel for three days.

Chief executive Garry Poole said Mr Blumsky was invited by Film New Zealand to promote Wellington at the event. It showcases film locations from around the world and attracts 6000 people, including American film and television representatives. Waitakere Mayor Bob Harvey will attend and Queenstown will be represented.

"The position of mayor has high kudos in the United States and their attendance would demonstrate the cities' commitment to the industry," Mr Poole said.

He could not give the cost of the trip but said money to send a Wellington representative to the expo was in the council's budget. Waitakere attended the expo two years ago and won a production that brought $3.5 million to the area, Mr Poole said.

"When Lord of the Rings finishes its production in two years, it would be sensible to have other productions to take its place," he said, adding that Cr Alick Shaw's trip to India last year had resulted in several requests for information from film crews there. --NZPA
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