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Look to Pennsylvania’s example to get the Nova Scotia film industry rolling again

Nova Scotia film companies — Filmworks, Special Effects Atlantic, Arcadia Entertainment — have announced they are either folding, or are considering packing it in, or are packing up their gear and relocating to where the work and the welcome are.

“The math is simple,” explained the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in a Jan. 8 editorial about that state’s film tax credit.

Pennsylvania is currently in the middle of a messy budget kerfuffle. The big picture is beyond the scope of this column. But it’s worth noting that when Gov. Tom Wolf approved an emergency $23-billion cash infusion earlier this month to restore “essential services,” one of those essential services was the state’s film tax credit.

“The credits,” the editorial continued in what should be bedtime reading for Nova Scotia finance department bureaucrats, “are the deciding factor for an overwhelming number of productions to choose Pennsylvania over other locations.”

“The crews spend loads of money locally” — check for Nova Scotia film crews too — “generating more income” — check — “and [more] tax revenue than the tax credits cost.” Check, check.

“More work builds a local industry of technicians. The multiplier effect fills hotel rooms and restaurants and fuels catering operations. The national buzz when, say, star Jake Gyllenhaal declares his adoration for Pittsburgh after filming here is gravy.” Yes, yes and yes!

After Wolf reinstated the tax credit, the director of Pittsburgh’s film office exulted, “We’re set up to have one of the best years we’ve had…”

Let us compare.

Pennsylvania’s governor was concerned enough about his film industry to include funding for it in his emergency allocation.

Premier Stephen McNeil, on other hand, eliminated Nova Scotia’s film tax credit in last spring’s budget. Its replacement — the Nova Scotia Film and Television Incentive Fund — has been an abysmal failure. The industry reports 82 per cent fewer film jobs in the last quarter of last year compared to 2014. And it predicts even worse to come.

McNeil’s response? In December, he shrugged that the industry he decimated was in “a transition,” so “We’re moving on.”

Perhaps Nova Scotia’s economy is doing so well, we don’t need a thriving film industry.

While Pittsburgh gears up for one its best film years, iconic Nova Scotia film companies — Filmworks, Special Effects Atlantic, Arcadia
Entertainment — have announced they are either folding, or are considering packing it in, or are packing up their gear and relocating to where the work and the welcome are.

Which is to say, almost anywhere but here.

Source: Metro News

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Look to Pennsylvania’s example to get the Nova Scotia film industry rolling again

Nova Scotia film companies — Filmworks, Special Effects Atlantic, Arcadia Entertainment — have announced they are either folding, or are considering packing it in, or are packing up their gear and relocating to where the work and the welcome are.

“The math is simple,” explained the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in a Jan. 8 editorial about that state’s film tax credit.

Pennsylvania is currently in the middle of a messy budget kerfuffle. The big picture is beyond the scope of this column. But it’s worth noting that when Gov. Tom Wolf approved an emergency $23-billion cash infusion earlier this month to restore “essential services,” one of those essential services was the state’s film tax credit.

“The credits,” the editorial continued in what should be bedtime reading for Nova Scotia finance department bureaucrats, “are the deciding factor for an overwhelming number of productions to choose Pennsylvania over other locations.”

“The crews spend loads of money locally” — check for Nova Scotia film crews too — “generating more income” — check — “and [more] tax revenue than the tax credits cost.” Check, check.

“More work builds a local industry of technicians. The multiplier effect fills hotel rooms and restaurants and fuels catering operations. The national buzz when, say, star Jake Gyllenhaal declares his adoration for Pittsburgh after filming here is gravy.” Yes, yes and yes!

After Wolf reinstated the tax credit, the director of Pittsburgh’s film office exulted, “We’re set up to have one of the best years we’ve had…”

Let us compare.

Pennsylvania’s governor was concerned enough about his film industry to include funding for it in his emergency allocation.

Premier Stephen McNeil, on other hand, eliminated Nova Scotia’s film tax credit in last spring’s budget. Its replacement — the Nova Scotia Film and Television Incentive Fund — has been an abysmal failure. The industry reports 82 per cent fewer film jobs in the last quarter of last year compared to 2014. And it predicts even worse to come.

McNeil’s response? In December, he shrugged that the industry he decimated was in “a transition,” so “We’re moving on.”

Perhaps Nova Scotia’s economy is doing so well, we don’t need a thriving film industry.

While Pittsburgh gears up for one its best film years, iconic Nova Scotia film companies — Filmworks, Special Effects Atlantic, Arcadia
Entertainment — have announced they are either folding, or are considering packing it in, or are packing up their gear and relocating to where the work and the welcome are.

Which is to say, almost anywhere but here.

Source: Metro News

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Front Page, Industry News

Look to Pennsylvania’s example to get the Nova Scotia film industry rolling again

Nova Scotia film companies — Filmworks, Special Effects Atlantic, Arcadia Entertainment — have announced they are either folding, or are considering packing it in, or are packing up their gear and relocating to where the work and the welcome are.

“The math is simple,” explained the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in a Jan. 8 editorial about that state’s film tax credit.

Pennsylvania is currently in the middle of a messy budget kerfuffle. The big picture is beyond the scope of this column. But it’s worth noting that when Gov. Tom Wolf approved an emergency $23-billion cash infusion earlier this month to restore “essential services,” one of those essential services was the state’s film tax credit.

“The credits,” the editorial continued in what should be bedtime reading for Nova Scotia finance department bureaucrats, “are the deciding factor for an overwhelming number of productions to choose Pennsylvania over other locations.”

“The crews spend loads of money locally” — check for Nova Scotia film crews too — “generating more income” — check — “and [more] tax revenue than the tax credits cost.” Check, check.

“More work builds a local industry of technicians. The multiplier effect fills hotel rooms and restaurants and fuels catering operations. The national buzz when, say, star Jake Gyllenhaal declares his adoration for Pittsburgh after filming here is gravy.” Yes, yes and yes!

After Wolf reinstated the tax credit, the director of Pittsburgh’s film office exulted, “We’re set up to have one of the best years we’ve had…”

Let us compare.

Pennsylvania’s governor was concerned enough about his film industry to include funding for it in his emergency allocation.

Premier Stephen McNeil, on other hand, eliminated Nova Scotia’s film tax credit in last spring’s budget. Its replacement — the Nova Scotia Film and Television Incentive Fund — has been an abysmal failure. The industry reports 82 per cent fewer film jobs in the last quarter of last year compared to 2014. And it predicts even worse to come.

McNeil’s response? In December, he shrugged that the industry he decimated was in “a transition,” so “We’re moving on.”

Perhaps Nova Scotia’s economy is doing so well, we don’t need a thriving film industry.

While Pittsburgh gears up for one its best film years, iconic Nova Scotia film companies — Filmworks, Special Effects Atlantic, Arcadia
Entertainment — have announced they are either folding, or are considering packing it in, or are packing up their gear and relocating to where the work and the welcome are.

Which is to say, almost anywhere but here.

Source: Metro News

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