Pittsburgh movie „Mayor of Kingstown” has pumped $90 million into the region's economy

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh-filmed streaming series „Mayor of Kingstown” has created more than 3,000 jobs and pumped more than $90 million into the regional economy, according to the Shapiro administration.

The Pennsylvania Film Office is offering $27 million in film tax credits to the show's producers, the Department of Community and Economic Development announced Monday. The state's film tax credit scheme provides a 25 percent tax credit to productions that spend at least 60 percent of their total budget on national audiences.

„The Pennsylvania Film Tax Credit Program is an important part of the West PA's diverse economy, supporting a vibrant industry that employs thousands of local union members,” Dawn M. Keezer, executive director of the Pittsburgh Film Office, said in a Shapiro news release. Administration. „Special film and television productions provide our residents with good, family-sustaining jobs and workforce development opportunities. The $2.5 billion impact of movies in the region continues to grow with today's announcement.”

Film tax credits awarded in fiscal year 2020-21 generated more than $379 million in gross production, employing 8,500 Pennsylvanians, according to the Shapiro administration. Acknowledging the economic incentive of using the film tax credit program, the state created a new film commissioner role, which will be filled by Gino Anthony Besi of Pittsburgh.

Jeremy Renner and Dianne Wiest star in the Paramount+ show „Mayor of Kingstown” Following the McCluskey family, „power brokers in Kingstown, Michigan, the jailing business is the only thriving business.” The third season comes from „Yellowstone” co-creators Taylor Sheridan and Hugh Dillon.

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Disclosure: Paramount+ and KDKA-TV are owned by Paramount Global.

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