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Buckley challenges Disney film job claims

23 June 2013 3:09 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Producer Tony Buckley has challenged the Government to verify the economic benefits it claims will be generated by the Walt Disney Co. shooting 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo in Australia.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Arts Minister Tony Burke said the production would create up to 2,000 jobs and utilise goods and services from nearly 1,000 local businesses when they announced a $21.6 million incentive to Disney in April.

Buckley, who has produced more than 30 films, telemovies, miniseries and documentaries in a career spanning 50 years, describes those claims as .absolute arrant nonsense..

He said the biggest offshore production in Australia, Steven Spielberg.s HBO miniseries The Pacific, employed approximately 480 contractors and freelance workers. He estimates that no more than 40 or 50 businesses, including post production houses, benefit from any single production.

"I believe the figures just don.t add up and this places a question mark over the validity of the information being circulated, »

- Don Groves

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