Article examines the state of ‘Hollywood’ in Central Virginia compared to Georgia and California

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As AMC’s filmed-in-Richmond period drama “Turn: Washington’s Spies” (9 p.m. Saturday, June 17) prepares to unwind its final season, showrunner Craig Silverstein had a theme in mind as the show’s writers plotted the series’ end.

“My primary guideline for the season was: It’s darkest before the dawn,” he said. “We’re heading toward the end of the war, and we know we won. It’s about how things get darker and more uncertain before we burst through into the light.”That may also prove an apt description for the state of Virginia’s film and television industry…

TV production is booming in Atlanta, home to AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” CBS’s “MacGyver” and Starz’s “Survivor’s Remorse,” among others, thanks to the Georgia film tax credit program, which is uncapped. Louisiana’s film tax credits are capped at $180 million annually. California, hoping to lure back production lost to other states, devotes $330 million annually to film incentives.

Virginia’s film incentive program, a mix of tax credits and grants, currently totals less than $10 million per year, according to Terry Stroud, chief operating officer of In Your Ear Studios in Shockoe Bottom and head of the legislative affairs section of the Virginia Production Alliance, which advocates for film/TV production in Virginia.

See more at Richmond Dispatch.

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