Film/Television production industry readies for return

Published: Wednesday, July 8, 2020 By: Justin Tinder Source: VeloCity

As states around the nation ease lockdown measures to flatten the COVID-19 curve, the Oklahoma film industry is aggressively pushing to get back in the business of “show business.” The health crisis has proven just how much the entertainment industry means to Americans who are eager to see new programming on their television screen, streaming service or their favorite movie theater.

While cast and crews across the state are eager to return to work “when safety protocols are put in place,” they continue to find more and more opportunities here thanks to Oklahoma’s efforts to accelerate the industry’s growth.

In 2019, Oklahoma passed into law a measure allowing films to rebate up to 37 percent of their costs incurred for filming in the state for the next eight years. The yearly limit was doubled to $8 million.

The result?

Last year a record 39 film and television productions took place in the state. The productions generated $75 million for the state economy. In contrast, five years ago, the state had five film projects with a $3 million direct-spending impact, according to Tava Sofsky, director of Oklahoma Film + Music.

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