July 9, 2016
Unimpressed pedestrians who recently walked through an East Market Street set where an episode of the FX comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia was being filmed weren't just being rude. They unwittingly served as a metaphor for their state, which has been trampling over a tax program designed to lure filmmakers to Pennsylvania. For the first time in a decade, no major feature films are scheduled to be shot in or around the nation's fifth-largest city this year. That's because the tax credits Pennsylvania offers to production companies are paltry when compared with other states that are also trying to entice filmmakers.
May 4, 2016
ISSUE | FILM TAX CREDIT Pa. break pays off The Commonwealth Foundation's Nathan Benefield was wrong to call for the end of the Pennsylvania film tax credit ("Time to end Pa.'s corporate-welfare handouts," April 26). He claimed that the returns on economic development programs don't justify the expense, and he cited industry studies that counted only direct tax payments to states from productions. In fact, an array of state and local taxes are paid by cast and crew, hospitality and municipal workers, and businesses that invest in and serve the film industry.
March 13, 2016 |
For those in the business of luring Hollywood movies to Pennsylvania, last year's budget staredown produced a nail-biter in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, the state's two filmmaking hubs. And the drama might not be over. Pittsburgh nearly lost a batch of TV and film projects as the legislature and Gov. Wolf failed to pass a budget due July 1. Philadelphia lost a planned ABC drama series and feature film starring Josh Brolin while $60 million in annual state film tax-credit money was held hostage by political foes.
November 25, 2013 |
Boardwalk Empire , the hit HBO series about Prohibition-era Atlantic City, was filmed not at the Jersey Shore, but on a boardwalk built in Brooklyn. Silver Linings Playbook , the Oscar-winning feature film adapted from a book set in South Jersey, was shot over the river in Philadelphia. Though Silver Linings director David O. Russell and actor Bradley Cooper - a Philadelphia native - had wanted to film in Philadelphia, "certainly things set in Jersey would tend not to go there right now," said the film's coproducer, Mark Kamine.
June 8, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Bring on the lights, the cameras, and the action. So says Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R., Delaware), who Thursday announced he was introducing a bill to uncap the tax credit for production companies that film in Pennsylvania. The Film Production Tax Credit program is capped at $60 million annually, but its supporters have argued for years that the cap limits production in Philadelphia and the state, let alone do anything to encourage growth. Pileggi and others argue that uncapping the credit could create jobs in the state.
January 8, 2013 |
M ARK WAHLBERG and director Allen Hughes will be in town Tuesday to attend a red-carpet screening of their new film, "Broken City," at 7 p.m. at the Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut). Mayor Nutter and Greater Philadelphia Film Office chief Sharon Pinkenson will introduce the pair and make a special presentation to Wahlberg, who has shot several films in the area, including "Invincible," "The Lovely Bones" and "Shooter. If you'd like to attend, email your name and phone number to Philly@43KIX.com . A limited amount of free tickets remain.
November 19, 2012 |
Michael McGonigle, 53, of South Philadelphia, a filmmaker and film lecturer, died Friday, Nov. 9, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital after suffering a heart attack and strokes. He had struggled with heart disease for several years. "I'm absolutely in love with movies. It's a passion," Mr. McGonigle told Examiner.com in 2010. Growing up in Mount Airy, he and his older brother, John, made movies in which G.I. Joe action figures parachuted out of second-story windows and toy soldiers blew up on the front lawn.
September 18, 2012 |
"McCANICK," a cop/crime drama starring Cory Monteith of "Glee," Brandon Routh of "Superman Returns" and Chestnut Hill's David Morse , has begun shooting in town. Irish actor Ciaran Hinds , who recently worked here on USA's "Political Animals," and Morse worked on scenes Wednesday and Thursday at City Hall. Morse plays a detective named Eugene "Mack" McCanick who, along with his partner, played by Routh, hunt down a young criminal (Monteith) who was just released from prison, according to Variety . Morse is also a producer on the film.
August 17, 2012 |
THE PRODUCTION COMPANY behind "Dead Man Down," the mob drama that Colin Farrell and Terrence Howard recently shot in town, owes money to hundreds of vendors that provided services to the production, and now wants to pay them 40 cents on the dollar to settle its accounts. One local vendor whose company provides services to nearly every major TV or film production in the area and who is owed about $50,000 by DMD Productions LLC, says the company should be taken to task for stiffing its vendors while benefitting from the state's film-tax-credit incentives that lure productions to Philadelphia.
June 15, 2011 |
Don't expect staggering, flesh-eating, virus-revived corpses to add millions to Philadelphia's economy this summer. Blame uncertainties about state tax credits for filmmakers, says the head of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. World War Z , about the aftermath of a zombie armageddon, may be set in Philadelphia, but star Brad Pitt will be shooting his action scenes this August in Glasgow, Scotland. This week, crews reportedly began preliminary work there, prepping for fake storefronts, planning for importing U.S. cars.