Pittsburgh film incentives could translate into more jobs for Pittsburghers post-pandemic – WTAE Pittsburgh

A push by two Pennsylvania senators could create more jobs for Pittsburghers post-pandemic. Last month, two local state senators — one a democrat and one a republican — sponsored a bill to increase the tax incentive for Hollywood studios, trying to get them to come shoot more productions in Pennsylvania. According to the Pittsburgh Film Office, in 2019 the film industry pumped $9.25 back into our state for every one dollar it received in tax rebates.It used to be called a tax credit but state senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46th District) says that wording is all wrong.”My bill, Senate Bill 321, because it’s a countdown actually renames it and rebrands it for what it truly is. It’s the film industry incentive. And I’m hoping to raise the cap on that to $125 million. Because right now it’s set at $70 million,” Bartolotta said. Over the past 15 years, 806 studios have applied for Pennsylvania’s tax incentive, and 509 of them were approved. Over that time, the film industry has exploded.Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom was shot in Pittsburgh and just won two Oscars. “When we created this program 15 years ago, Netflix existed in a way where they sent videos still then, then it went to DVD’s where they were mailing them to you in the mail. Streaming is the wave of the future it’s what’s happening right now and they have an insatiable need for content,” said Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office.Pennsylvania’s top competitor for films is Georgia.”They have a 30 percent uncapped tax credit, which has resulted in a six billion dollar economic impact to that state’s economy,” Keezer said.Keezer said $125 million would translate into $500 million in Pennsylvania. “This is low hanging fruit, that’s literally pounding on our door to come in and spend money and hire people, hire good union tradespeople,” Bartolotta said.Bartolotta and Democtatic state Sen. Jay Costa said those jobs are high paying, union jobs including carpenters, sheet metal workers, lighting technicians, makeup and hair stylists and costumers. The Senate bill is currently in the finance committee. Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 will follow it to see where it goes.

A push by two Pennsylvania senators could create more jobs for Pittsburghers post-pandemic.

Last month, two local state senators — one a democrat and one a republican — sponsored a bill to increase the tax incentive for Hollywood studios, trying to get them to come shoot more productions in Pennsylvania.

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According to the Pittsburgh Film Office, in 2019 the film industry pumped $9.25 back into our state for every one dollar it received in tax rebates.

It used to be called a tax credit but state senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46th District) says that wording is all wrong.

“My bill, Senate Bill 321, because it’s a countdown actually renames it and rebrands it for what it truly is. It’s the film industry incentive. And I’m hoping to raise the cap on that to $125 million. Because right now it’s set at $70 million,” Bartolotta said.

Over the past 15 years, 806 studios have applied for Pennsylvania’s tax incentive, and 509 of them were approved. Over that time, the film industry has exploded.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom was shot in Pittsburgh and just won two Oscars.

“When we created this program 15 years ago, Netflix existed in a way where they sent videos still then, then it went to DVD’s where they were mailing them to you in the mail. Streaming is the wave of the future it’s what’s happening right now and they have an insatiable need for content,” said Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office.

Pennsylvania’s top competitor for films is Georgia.

“They have a 30 percent uncapped tax credit, which has resulted in a six billion dollar economic impact to that state’s economy,” Keezer said.

Keezer said $125 million would translate into $500 million in Pennsylvania.

“This is low hanging fruit, that’s literally pounding on our door to come in and spend money and hire people, hire good union tradespeople,” Bartolotta said.

Bartolotta and Democtatic state Sen. Jay Costa said those jobs are high paying, union jobs including carpenters, sheet metal workers, lighting technicians, makeup and hair stylists and costumers.

The Senate bill is currently in the finance committee. Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 will follow it to see where it goes.