TRENTON – The New Jersey Film and Television Commission today announced that overall production spending in the State for cinema will exceed half a billion dollars in 2021, after a very busy spring and summer and an amount of unprecedented production taking place this fall.
The record number of productions shot in the state comes just three years after Gov. Phil Murphy reinstated the film and television tax credit program and less than a year after the program expanded. The incentive program rivals that of any state in the country and has made New Jersey, with its diversity of locations, proximity to New York City, and the wealth of skilled workers in the film industry, a rising player. in the film and television industry.
“The New Jersey film production industry has experienced explosive growth over the past four years,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “It generates very significant income for our towns and villages, creates thousands of jobs and promotes permanent and concrete development. The most exciting part of it all is that we are just getting started. “
Record film and television production spending comes a year after the industry was shut down due to concerns over Covid-19.
“It’s so exciting to see the film industry flourish again in New Jersey,” Secretary of State Tahesha Way said. “Major film and television productions invest in the New Jersey economy, the creative local workers they hire, and the communities where they choose to tell their stories. We can’t wait to see more of Garden State on camera in the years to come. “
“When the Murphy government enacted the New Jersey Film and Digital Media Tax Credit, it marked the start of a renaissance in the NJ film industry – and as these results and the recent breakthrough show of the first new movie studios built in NJ for generations. – the government’s strategy is bearing fruit ”, declared Tim Sullivan, CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.
Projects filmed in New Jersey over the next few months include the films Armageddon time, by Focus Features and starring Robert De Niro, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway; Jules with Ben Kingsley and Jane Curtin; Universal images’ Brothers, a production by Judd Apatow with Billy Eichner and Luke Macfarlane; Killer Movies’ A good person starring Florence Pugh and Morgan Freeman; The greatest beer race of all time, an Apple TV + production with Russell Crowe, Zac Efron and Bill Murray; Something is wrong with Rose by Paramount Pictures, with Sosie Bacon; and Imperative Entertainment’s Cat person with Nicholas Braun and Emilia Jones.
“We expect annual film and television production revenues to reach historic highs for 2021,” according to Michael Uslan, president of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission. “The amount of studios, networks and independent productions that have been taking place here since January is astounding.”
This plethora of production encouraged a rush for studio development in New Jersey and attracted other ancillary businesses. Cinelease Studios Caven Point in Jersey City and Palisade Stages in Kearny opened earlier this year, and 10 Basin Studios in Kearny will open in November. Insight Equipment, a leading supplier of lighting and handles, opened facilities in Secaucus and Carlstadt in July, and other developments are underway, including a further expansion of Cinelease.
“Every big project has a huge financial impact on the state”, Said Commission Vice-President David Smith. The filming of the Hulu series Wu-Tang: an American saga, season 2, paid out about $ 58 million to local towns and villages. Universal Television spent nearly $ 100 million in New Jersey during the production of the first season of CBS The equalizer.