Production executives talk about global outlook and the war in Ukraine at AFCI conference | New

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US-based physical production executives now think more globally than ever – and aren’t yet discouraged from filming in Eastern Europe by the war in Ukraine.

These were among the insights offered to film commissioners around the world this week by a panel including executives from Netflix, HBO and Amazon at AFCI Week, a conference of the Association of Film Commissioners International which runs from 27 to June 30 in Los Angeles.

During a panel on production in a post-pandemic world, Jay Roewe, HBO’s senior vice president of incentives and production planning, said that when we think about where to shoot a project, ” we are now thinking globally, in a way that we have never done before. We are thinking about every state, every country.”

The following decisions, Roewe added, are no longer just about locations and incentives and can bring what they represent in major new business ventures to a region: “We are spending billions of dollars around the world,” a- he pointed out, with a large project representing “a company that will come to employ hundreds of people and have a substantial economic impact in your state or country”.

HBO is filming its game of thrones spin off Dragon House at sites in a number of European territories.

Asked about the effect on production planning of events like the war in Ukraine (where HBO shot its Chernobyl limited series), Roewe said that in the current climate “I have to be politically aware of what’s going on in the world”. Supply issues and currency fluctuations could affect his thinking going forward, he said, but for now, “we are continuing productions in Eastern Europe. We’re not going to let them stop us. »

Noelle Green, director of production management for original series at Netflix, said her company “has several shows in development.” [and] was heading to Eastern Europe as the war began to surface and all the shows still wanted to go. As a company, she said, “We are looking at choosing the filmmaker.”

This year’s AFCI week marks the return of the event after a two-year hiatus, with the format shortened from the usual five days to three. The conference, open to AFCI members, affiliates and sponsors, offers networking opportunities with industry decision makers, educational sessions and a “Meet the executives” day.

Organizers said more than 130 commission members were attending the event, along with “several hundred” industry professionals as speakers and guests.

The conference opened on Monday, June 27 with a keynote from Glenn Gainer, Head of Physical Production for Amazon Originals.

Gainer praised the role the commissioners have played in getting the industry back to work during the pandemic: “Around the world, film commissions have worked with studios and the workforce to ensure a smooth restart” , did he declare. “Thanks to [AFCI] members in this room, the global film, television and streaming industry is back to telling stories.

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