There are a wide array of different media outlets that have had a chance over the past 24 hours or so to gauge the potential economic impact of Brexit, otherwise known as the departure of Great Britain from the European Union, that was announced officially early Friday. This is a move that could have huge implications when it comes to the British pound, trade, and a variety of other aspects of everyday life.
Being that we’re not CNN, the majority of these implications do not land within our TV-first focus. However, one that does revolves around potential production of shows throughout the UK. This includes “Game of Thrones,” which films in Northern Ireland and has been subject of rumors thanks to the European Regional Development Fund, a program that encourages production houses to film and work in the continent. It’s understandable that there would be fears that with Northern Ireland not in the EU, some of that money would not be accessible anymore, and “Game of Thrones” is an incredibly expensive show. Did you not see “Battle of the Bastards” recently?
Speaking per Entertainment Weekly, however, HBO has made it clear that they have not taken money out of this fund for the show in years, and with that, there’s nothing really to worry about. Here is their short statement:
“We do not anticipate that the result of the EU Referendum will have any material effect on HBO producing Game of Thrones.”
Of course, even if funding were different, we still imagine that the show would have worked something out. This is the network’s most-profitable show ever, so they would find a way to make something work.
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