Friday, February 08, 2013

Hollywood hates democracy

It looks like John Key's Hollywood cronies don't like the Official Information Act:

Warner Bros is threatening that the Government's release of confidential documents about the Hobbit union debate would be a "major disincentive" to future film-making in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Ombudsman has ordered the Government to release documents about the deal it struck to ensure the Hobbit movies were made in the country.


But New Line warned this would affect future relations, objecting in a statement included in the ruling.

"If the government is not willing to adequately protect this sensitive information from disclosure, this will operate as a major disincentive to motion picture studios as well as local and foreign talent - to utilise New Zealand as a location for future productions."

Wingnut Films also criticised the move.

These companies need to understand that we live in a democracy, not a dictatorship, and that disclosure of your lobbying under the OIA is just a part of doing busines shere. If they don't like that, then they're welcome to go elsewhere - because we're not giving up our democracy for them.