Thanks to the $40 million Ohio Motion Picture Tax Incentive, productions like White Boy Rick (a feature film starring Matthew McConaughey) and “American Ninja Warrior” are just a few that have turned their lens on The Land this year—and in light of the State of Ohio’s recent renewal for the 2017-18 fiscal year, they’re likely to keep on coming. Funding will be used to attract large-scale media productions into the region, but local entities are also lobbying for an increased tax credit that would make Northeast Ohio an even more powerful magnet for Hollywood’s creatives.
“Without a film incentive, there would be no movies in Ohio,” says Ivan Schwarz, president of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC), a nonprofit advocacy organization. “The incentive is a tool to create a new industry in-state.”
The credit, which renewed on July 1, has drawn nearly 90 film and television productions to Cleveland since its passage in 2009. The city hasn’t just been a location for headline-grabbing blockbusters like “The Avengers,” notes Schwarz; in May, “American Ninja Warrior” taped an episode on Public Square. “The show is great for branding,” Schwarz says. “They chose to shoot in Cleveland because of the work we did.”
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