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Production in New York State Rises

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New York State is on the fast track to claim a record-breaking year in television and film production. Known as a location that can handle just about any entertainment shoot, New York has already seen 19 pilots and five TV series this season, while two additional pilots gear up to film in the state, making for a record number television shows in the course of one year. “New York is now the place to go for the film and television industry,” says Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. “We have the resources, the talented workforce, and the venues to offer the industry unmatched opportunities. Our newly expanded and enhanced film and television program will only continue to spur tourism, attract more investments to New York, and create more jobs for New Yorkers.”

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Production Incentives Boost Economies and Production Power

productionincentivesSince the early 1990s, the offering of production incentive has been the most logical way to attract film and television productions to a community — and the lack of financial perks could lessen the chance of boosting these local economies. These incentives mainly consist of tax benefits from local governments to encourage production in their region. They first surfaced in response to the flight of U.S. film productions to other countries, including Canada which adopted its own production incentive program. U.S. states have since offered increasingly competitive incentives to lure productions away from other locals, with the type, size and structure of these incentives varying from place to place. Many incentive packages include tax credits and exemptions, while some offer other perks like cash grants and fee-free locations.

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Illinois Gets Back on Top

 
chicago_skyline_illinois_usa_photo_wikiWhile Illinois has always been a hot spot for commercial production, the state’s feature film and television market has had its ups and downs. Now, thanks to an aggressive production incentive and a new high-end studio facility, Illinois and its most populous city Chicago are enjoying the enormous economic benefits brought by film and television projects.
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Louisiana Stays Active in Production

 
 
 
 
beasts-of-the-southern-wild_sm-As one of the first states to offer tax incentives to attract film and television projects, Louisiana has grown into a major production center. Known as “Hollywood South,” the Bayou State is third most popular filming destination in the U.S. after California and New York after growing quickly over the past decade. Boasting one of the finest infrastructures to support film and video production, Louisiana took center stage when The Curious Case of Benjamin Button won three Oscars out of its thirteen nominations in 2009. This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated two Louisiana films for Best Picture: Beasts of the Southern Wild and Django Unchained.
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Getting Your Movie Greenlit

p3 update _350It’s time to get your movie greenlit. You have a polished screenplay and you’ve just sat down with the gatekeepers: studio execs. The opening of their big gate can lead to big audiences and bigger rewards. You want them to go forward with the movie — your movie — and all eyes are on you. You’re tense and fear the one wrong remark that will sabotage the meeting. This is crunch time.

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