Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Key schmoozes with The Mentalist star in LA

Source : TVNZ
Date : October 04, 2012

Prime Minister John Key has been mingling with film executives and the star of hit show The Mentalist during his time in Hollywood today.

Key arrived in Los Angeles this morning ahead of a round of meetings with film companies to pitch New Zealand as a filmmaker's dream destination.

The Prime Minister tweeted just after 1pm: "Today I visited Warner's in LA - the first of the studios I will visit to attract business to NZ, which means more jobs".

He also he posted a picture of himself with TV2's The Mentalist star Simon Baker on the set of the show.
This morning Key told TV ONE he was not planning on offering any incentives to entice Hollywood's heavyweights to bring their million-dollar film productions to New Zealand.

In 2010 the Government pushed through urgent changes to employment laws to ensure the filming of the $670 million Hobbit movies would remain in New Zealand.

"It's the nature of this industry, they always ask for more," Key told ONE News today.

"From New Zealand's point of view I don't think we are going to give away more in terms of incentives, it's a matter of selling what we have got."

The trip comes as Key faces continued questions over his relationship with Hollywood's elite and their alleged involvement with the arrest of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom

Some speculate Dotcom's arrest in January this year was the result of pressure from the American film industry to close down the website which enables users to view and store pirated movies.

Key has previously denied his trip has any link to Kim Dotcom.

"I've made it quite clear as Prime Minister we've made a couple of mistakes and one of those came with my agency, and I've apologised for that.

"Sometimes in life mistakes happen, they happen in virtually every work place and unfortunately the Government is not immune from that."

Key will attend a private dinner party for film studio bosses hosted by director James Cameron this evening.
He will also visit Walt Disney, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros, and meet senior representatives from 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures and the Motion Picture Association of America.

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