Massachusetts has recently been a hot spot for movie makers and state officials are
hoping to keep it that way.

Hit movies like “The Fighter”, “Company Men” and “The Town” were shot in our
backyard in the past year or so.

Now there is a push to keep the film industry coming back, with representatives from
the state heading to Los Angeles trying to drum up more business.

“Whenever you create an industry you’re bringing jobs into the Commonwealth,” said
Joe Maella, president of the Mass. Production Coalition. “You’re gonna get a net benefit
that’s gonna be realized in years to come. And yes of course there are going to be big
projects that are gonna have big star salaries but that comes with the project and
those projects generate a tremendous economic boom to the local community.”

Columbia Pictures is expected to start filming a movie starring Kevin James as a music
teacher this year in Quincy.

Officials say film productions in Massachusetts have generated $36.3 million in new tax
revenues and created 1,683 jobs since the film tax-break laws went into effect in 2006.
The state has handed out $260.3 million in tax credits.
Keeping the film industry in the Bay State
by Roland Hansen
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