Game of Thrones Unaffected by UK's EU Referendum
HBO doesn't believe the UK's vote to leave the European Union will have a financial impact on Game of Thrones.
The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union late Thursday, June 23. It's expected to be devastating to a lot of industries, including UK film and television, though it appears that HBO's Game of Thrones--which films in the region--won't be affected.
HBO told EW that it doesn't expect the Brexit referendum to impact Game of Thrones' production financially. Some analysts believed that HBO would have to cut back on funding what is expected to be the show's final two seasons. Its production is based in Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK. The European Regional Development Fund is a program that incentivizes filming in Europe, and since Northern Ireland will leave the EU, funding was expected to take a hit.
However, HBO hasn't taken funding from the ERDF for the last few seasons. The network does receive funding from other regional programs, but their support is not expected to change because of the vote.
"We do not anticipate that the result of the EU Referendum will have any material effect on HBO producing Game of Thrones," HBO said in a statement.
Despite the referendum's vote being in favor of leaving the EU, the decision to leave could be still be blocked, as Parliament has to pass laws to exit the Union.