At Least Brexit Won't Have Any Effect on 'Game of Thrones'
In a statement provided to Revelist, HBO says, "We do not anticipate that the result of the EU Referendum will have any material effect on HBO producing 'Game of Thrones.'” Good news for "GOT" fans, but many other members of the entertainment industry are still concerned about the effect that the Brexit vote will have on film and television projects.
This piece first ran under the headline, "The Brexit vote might make 'Game of Thrones' look a whole lot different." Original story remains below:
By now, everyone around the world has woken up to the news that the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union, making life exceedingly more difficult for working-class and immigrant families in England, and ushering in a new era of intolerance within Britain. In addition, Prime Minister David Cameron has already made plans to resign; Scotland is once again considering getting the heck out of the UK; and as it turns out, the whole campaign against staying was a complete fraud. And it worked. Hooray!
But of course, many United States citizens are typically unconcerned with politics from across the pond. So here's something that might snap you out of your disinterest: The Brexit vote will almost certainly disrupt the quality of "Game of Thrones." There, are you listening now? Winter is actually coming this time.
As first reported by Foreign Policy, the EU’s European Regional Development Fund pays for part of the budget for "Game of Thrones" in order to help spread economic growth across the continent. While the series has filmed everywhere from Croatia to Spain and even the Norway (a non-EU country), it spends the majority of its time in Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom.
Now that the UK has decided to take its ball and go home, it's entirely possible that "Game of Thrones" will either have to film elsewhere, or that they will have to spend more money in order to stay in Ireland, either of which would almost certainly affect the way the show looks on screen.
Of course, the Brexit vote will affect more than just "Game of Thrones"—many films and television shows rely on the EU to help with funding, particular English . Recently a group of 282 industry professionals, including A-listers like Keira Knightley, Sir Patrick Stewart, and Chiwetel Ejiofor signed a public letter urging the public to vote against leaving.
"Leaving Europe would be a leap into the unknown for millions of people across the UK who work in the creative industries," the letter reads. "And for the millions more at home and abroad who benefit from the growth and vibrancy of Britain’s cultural sector."
Now that the votes have been tallied, the mood in the film industry is grim. At Cannes, producer Harvey Fierstein called the situation a "disaster," and stocks in British media companies, such as ITV and Pinewood Studios, have plunged in the past few hours.
“This decision has just blown up our foundation," Independent Film and Television Alliance chairman Michael Ryan told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. "As of today, we no longer know how our relationships with co-producers, financiers and distributors will work, whether new taxes will be dropped on our activities in the rest of Europe or how production financing is going to be raised without any input from European funding agencies."
"The UK creative sector has been a strong and vibrant contributor to the economy," he added. "This is likely to be devastating for us."
And, of course, this all pales in comparison to the problems that everyday people will face as a result of the vote (although it's worth pointing out that the entertainment industry employs thousands of workers across the UK and Europe who aren't celebrities like Keira Knightley). It just goes to show that no one is safe and everyone will be affected by this historic occasion—whether we like it or not.