The Hobbit

Fallout follows 'Hobbit' decision

Fallout follows 'Hobbit' decision

There is widespread relief that production of The Hobbit movies will stay in New Zealand, but Prime Minister John Key is copping both praise and criticism for the concessions given to United States film studio Warner Bros.

'Hobbit' remains here, at a price

'Hobbit' remains here, at a price

Up to $34 million in tax breaks, a marketing credit and an urgent change to labour laws are the price of keeping The Hobbit in New Zealand.

Tax break and law change seal the Hobbit deal

Tax break and law change seal the Hobbit deal

The Hobbit movies have been saved for New Zealand through a deal with Warner Brothers that will give the producer a $20 million tax break and see labour law changes pushed through Parliament tomorrow.

Key leaves Hobbit talks; no decision yet

Key leaves Hobbit talks; no decision yet

Prime Minister John Key has left a second day of crisis talks with movie studio executives with no indication of whether The Hobbit films will stay in New Zealand.

Hobbit talks on, says Key

Prime Minister John Key and senior cabinet ministers and officials will meet representatives of US film company Warner Bros this afternoon to thrash out details aimed at securing filming of The Hobbit in New Zealand.

Sir Peter rejects union's claims

Sir Peter rejects union's claims

Sir Peter Jackson has rejected a union statement that it was only seeking a meeting to discuss contract terms for actors on The Hobbit, saying the union had decided to boycott the films before he was told it wanted to meet.

Hobbit Facebook page back up

A Facebook page urging the US financial backers of the Hobbit movies to keep the filming in New Zealand has been partially restored, but the organiser is still fuming that supporters could still be lost.

Hobbit concerns go beyond exchange rate: Key

Hobbit concerns go beyond exchange rate: Key

The Government has brushed off suggestions a high New Zealand dollar against the United State greenback might be luring the Hobbit's filmmakers away from this country.

Union guarantees no action on Hobbit

Union guarantees no action on Hobbit

The Australian unionist blamed for potentially derailing filming of The Hobbit movies in New Zealand says he has assured the producers there will be no industrial action against the film.

South joins NZ-wide lobby for 'Hobbit'

South joins NZ-wide lobby for 'Hobbit'

Under the impromptu banner "Queenstown for Peter Jackson", about 20 film, tourism and theatre lobbyists gathered on the resort's village green yesterday to rally support to keep threatened multimillion-dollar production The Hobbit in New Zealand.

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