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Game of Thrones movie creates 800 jobs

First Minister Peter Robinson has told the Assembly that US film and television companies which have come to Northern Ireland have brought millions of pounds into the local economy.

The First Minister told the Assembly it was a mistake to think such projects only provided work for actors.

Mr Robinson also said the movie Your Highness generated £12 million in direct spending in Northern Ireland from an investment of £1.15 million.

Game of Thrones, starring Conleth Hill, Ian McElhinney and Derek Halligan alongside lead actor Sean Bean, was shot mainly at Belfast's Paint Hall Studio in the Titanic Quarter.

"It's one of the largest studio spaces in Europe," Mr Robinson said.

"People very often look at the creative industries and they'll see a film or TV series being made and they'll think that's 20, 30, or 40 actors.

"In actual fact in this present project probably about 800 individuals have been employed at some stage of another.

"And it goes well beyond the actors."

He cited a series of professions ranging from technical staff to hairdressers and landscape gardeners who have been employed.

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