The Hobbit Stays in New Zealand


After an extended labor dispute, lots of heated words, two days of talks, and some sweeteners from the government, Peter Jackson’s two-film production of The Hobbit will stay in New Zealand. To keep the film in the country, government officials agreed to introduce legislation to ensure the labor problems won’t flare up again, offset $10 million of Warner Bros.' marketing costs, and give a tax rebate of up to $7.5 million per film. Now that that's settled, we return to our regularly scheduled "not hearing very much about New Zealand" programming block. [NYT]