BFI JOINS LONDON PARAMOUNT PROJECT AS CULTURAL ADVISER
London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), the company behind the multi-billion pound London Paramount Entertainment Resort in North Kent, is pleased to announce today that the BFI (British Film Institute) has joined the project to provide strategic cultural counsel.
The groundbreaking agreement between the two parties will see the BFI acting as a ‘cultural adviser’ to the £2 billion project, providing strategic input on how British films and talent can be best incorporated into the entertainment resort. 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.
Today’s agreement is the latest positive development for the project and follows the announcement of a development agreement between LRCH and BBC Worldwide in November 2014 to feature BBC brands at the entertainment resort. LRCH already has a separate agreement in place with Paramount Pictures, the oldest major Hollywood studio in existence, which will allow the resort to access over 3,000 films including iconic movies such as Mission: Impossible, Star Trek, The Godfather and The Italian Job.
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:
“The British Film Institute is a fantastic addition to the world-class team that is already working on this project. 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 come 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.’