Legislation introduced to expand Ohio film credit

12:19 PM, Apr 18, 2012   |    comments
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COLUMBUS -- Legislation has been introduced in Columbus that would increase funding for the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit to $20 million per year.

The goal is to bring more Hollywood film productions to Ohio.

State Representative Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) introduced the legislation.

"The Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit has a proven record of success for the Greater Cleveland area and other Ohio cities by bringing productions to our state - providing more jobs, more economic development, and more working families earning a living wage," said Dovilla.

According to a Cleveland State University report, previous movie productions receiving the tax credit have created 9,000 jobs and spent $19.5 million on wages and another $53.6 million on support services in Ohio.

Since its creation three years ago, all feature movies shot in Ohio have taken advantage of the tax credit including The Avengers which originally had plans to shoot in Detroit.

Louis D'Esposito, Co-President of Marvel Studios, credited the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit as one of the key reasons for this decision.

The movie tax credit bill is currently awaiting referral to committee. Testimony is expected to begin in the coming weeks.

WKYC-TV

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