Warner Bros. has closed it’s office in New Zealand. The distribution office shut down at the end of May although Warner Bros. reaffirmed its commitment to business in New Zealand and, in a statement to One News, said the work would be outsourced to a local company.
The shut down will raise questions in New Zealand because the Government changed employment law and provided tax breaks to get Warner Brothers to make The Hobbit there.
The Prime Minister John Key said,“The Hobbit films have created 3000 jobs. They were crucial to New Zealand for our movie industry; it was a very positive step that the Government took. I’m not sure what has happened in Auckland, but I don’t imagine it’s many jobs.”
Warner Bros. have had an office in New Zealand since 1947.