Cue the spotlights and alert the more than 14,000 residents currently working in the industry:
Film and television productions officially have returned to New Jersey, thanks to the reinstatement and significant bolstering of the Film Tax Credit Program, signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy last summer.
At least, that’s the impression of top industry officials in the area.
“This new tax incentive has been fantastic and has really put New Jersey back on our map when we are looking where to film our productions,” Kirby Adams, senior vice president of physical production for Paramount Pictures, said.
State and local officials joined an array of film and television industry leaders at the Diversity in Film and Television Production Forum last month in Newark to discuss both upcoming opportunities and the importance of diversity when enlisting talent and crew from New Jersey.
“New Jersey has one of the most diverse workforces in the country, and it is critical that we ensure everyone has access to new opportunities, especially women and minorities who have been shut out in the past,” Hester Agudosi, chief diversity officer with the New Jersey Office of Diversity and Inclusion, said. “(This) forum showed how we can stimulate economic growth and support industries that create new jobs without losing our focus on building a fairer, more inclusive economy.”
See more at ROI NJ.