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New Zealand Government Wades In To Hobbit Union Dispute

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New Zealand Government Wades In To <i>Hobbit</i> Union Dispute

As the war of words between the troubled Hobbit production and actors’ unions builds, New Zealand’s Prime Minister has stepped in with an offer to mediate the dispute, and keep the movies where everyone seems to want to make them.

The Hobbit movies were hit by just the latest in a long line of curses last week when multiple actors unions, led by the Australian Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance – but, perhaps tellingly, not New Zealand Actors’ Equity – issued a member’s warning telling members not to work on the two Lord of The Rings prequels because they were unfair to actors. That led to strongly-worded denials (and veiled threats to move production to Eastern Europe) from both producer Peter Jackson and studios Warner Bros. and New Line, and now, the offer from Prime Minster John Key, who commented,

I would be very, very concerned if (the production) moved offshore… If you can’t make ‘The Hobbit’ here, frankly, what movies are you going to make here?

Note to all involved: This is the best way for everyone to get out of this mess. Accept the offer, come to some kind of agreement and move on.

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