U.S. Film Studios Expand Partnerships Overseas, Provide More Jobs in Entertainment

Think Hollywood is the only place you can find production jobs? Think again.

A rapidly growing trend shines a spotlight on movie production overseas. India and China already house companies that have partnerships with such powerhouse studios as DreamWorks Animation, Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox, and Thailand is hot on their heels.

Recently, Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya of Thailand led a delegation of the country’s officials on a two-day “road show” in southern California. The event’s aim was to position Thailand as an attractive film location to the many major film studios in the area.

“Through training, technological investments and exposure to foreign productions, the Thai film industry is now firmly established as one of the most dynamic and reliable production platforms in Asia,” Rajakanya said during a reception in Santa Monica.

Though Thailand is now officially seeking partnerships with American companies, the country’s film industry already boasts impressive numbers: Thailand’s film and TV industry directly contributes $2.22 billion to the local economy; supports 86,600 jobs; and generates $81 million in tax revenue, according to a recent study by Oxford Economics.

The most recent noteworthy films shot in Thailand include cult favorite “The Hangover Part II,” a Ryan Gosling-led crime drama called “Only God Forgives,” and the 2012 drama “The Impossible,” starring Ewan McGregor.

In addition to its breathtaking scenery, Thailand is also known for its culture of friendliness and superb work ethic. Country officials know it’s going to take time to build relationships with movie studios, but they’re excited about what possibilities lie in the future. Currently, Thailand offers tax waivers for actor salaries and is considering other financial incentives for film industry workers.

"We might have to consider a more attractive incentive package, but we are just getting started," said Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan, deputy prime minister and minister of commerce for Thailand. "We have good locations, beaches, the forests, culture, and we also have skilled crew people at low cost."

If you’ve ever dreamed of traveling overseas and pursuing your dream job in TV and film production, there’s never been a time with more opportunities available to you. With major companies like DreamWorks and Walt Disney Studios developing partnerships in Asia—and Thailand turning up the heat in its own race—there are plenty of U.S.-based entertainment jobs with opportunities overseas.

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