The two-hour meeting, which includded New Line Cinema boss Toby Emmerich, ended with no resolution to the Hobbit standoff.
Following the meeting, Prime Minister John Key confirmed there would be more discussions overnight and tomorrow before a decision on whether the movie would be filmed here.
He reiterated that industrial issues had been the major concern of the studios but confirmed for the first time that the studio was also seeking a bigger sweetener from taxpayers.
But Mr Key said the government would not get into a bidding war and the gap between what New Zealand and other countries were offering was more than just tens of millions of dollars.
Key’s public position doesn’t make a lotta sense to me here: if he refuses to ‘get into a bidding war’ and Warners walks after demanding tax breaks then he wears this, not the unions. The government has had the time of their lives stressing the importance of the movie to the local film industry in the wake of the industrial dispute – now they’re quibbling over tax thresholds?
(I had to learn about this from the web sites because the TV news journalists were too busy doing live crosses to attend the PM’s press gaggle.)