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Appeal for Cumbernauld to be Scotland's first Media Town

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 19:15 GMT on Thursday, July 25th, 2013.

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Picture: Cumbernauld activist Adam Smith has written to the Scottish Government. Copyright of Cumbernauld Media.
THE news that Cumbernauld will soon be home to a multi-million pound film production location, for the new US tv show, Outlander has led one community activist to call upon the Scottish Government to honour Cumbernauld as the country’s first ‘Media Town’.

US cable network Starz and Sony Pictures Television announced last week that they would use an old Cumbernauld warehouse as the production facility for their soon-to-be tv series Outlander, which will be based upon the best-selling novels by Diana Gabaldon.

Filming in Scotland will take place until the end of this year and will see thousands of extras cast, with two-hundred crew recruited for the show’s filming and production, which willtake place throughout Scotland.

After the announcement was made – and the story broke by the Herald and Cumbernauld Media- Cumbernauld resident and local activist, Adam Smith announced that he had written to the Scottish Government to request that Cumbernauld is honoured as the nation’s first ‘Media Town’.

At 12.34pm, on Saturday afternoon, Mr Smith spoke of his “delight” at the announcement, through micro-blogging website Twitter.

He said: “Delighted with Sony's decision to set up their new television production facility in Cumbernauld for the Outlander American TV series”

Then, at 12:36pm on Saturday, Mr Smith announced on Twitter that he had written to the Scottish Government.

He told his followers: “Cumbernauld has a lot to offer. I've written to the Cabinet Secetary for Culture to request Cumbernauld become Scotland's first Media Town.” 
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Talking to the Cumbernauld News about his request, the 30-year-old Kildrum resident said: “Cumbernauld’s links with the film and television industry started in 1967 when the town was featured in the world’s first ever live satellite transmission, in a production called Our World which was broadcast to a global audience of 300 million. 

“Ever since then, Cumbernauld has continued to be featured on film: most notably in the 1981 cult classic Gregory’s Girl, with a clip from the movie shown recently in the televised opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games; through to the present day and The Crash, a recent BBC television production.”

“Cumbernauld also has a lot to offer in its own right, from the mediaeval and Victorian elements of Cumbernauld Village, to the grade-A listed, William Adam designed Cumbernauld House, as well as wide open spaces and nature reserves, a professional football stadium and first class sports and leisure facilities, and the numerous residential, industrial, and commercial properties which have been constructed in the town over the last 60 years.”

Responding to Adam’s request, Scottish culture secretary, MSP Hyslop said that what was being proposed was an “interesting suggestion”.

Ms Hyslop added: “My ministerial colleagues and I will give it due consideration. 

“Cumbernauld has a distinctive on-screen identity and is internationally-recognised as a filming location, following the global success of films such as Gregory’s Girl. 

“Scotland has a reputation as a sought-after location for major productions, and has a lot to offer the film industry, from first-rate filming facilities to talent production crews. 

“The Scottish Government has consistently championed Scotland as a location for international film and TV productions.”
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