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Auckland tourism to benefit from Amazon's Lord of the Rings series

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Newstalk ZB,
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Audio,
Publish Date
Thursday, 19 September 2019, 3:33PM
A scene from the original film adaptation of Lord of the Rings. (Photo / Supplied)

Amazon Studios has confirmed the Lord of the Rings series - set to be the most expensive TV show ever – will be produced in New Zealand.

Today's announcement comes after the Herald on Sunday revealed in June that Jeff Bezos' streaming company was set to produce the majority of the series – at a cost of $1.5 billion plus – on our shores, with west Auckland to become the main base for the epic five-year production.

The project is expected to deliver a massive boost for Auckland's economy, and unprecedented opportunities to grow jobs and careers in the region.

Pam Ford from Auckland tourism agency ATEED told Mike Hosking a team has been working hard over the past few months to get the deal over the line.

"We needed that dedicated team of legal, investment and screen specialists to work closely with the film commission to get this deal over the line."

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