PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — There was almost as much excitement in Pittsburgh as there was in Los Angeles on Oscar night and for good reason: Pittsburgh was a player in this year’s awards.
“For the first time since 1991, we have a best picture nominee in ‘Fences,'” Pittsburgh Film Office representative Dawn Keezer said.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Zoo And PPG Aquarium Offering One-Time Free Admission Pass To People Vaccinated At Their Clinic
In Southwestern Pennsylvania alone last year, there were two major motion pictures shot and four television series. That translates into big money for the region.
“We had a record-breaking year with $115 million being spent in Southwestern Pennsylvania alone,” Keezer said.Car Crashes Into, Ignites Biomat USA Plasma Center On Western Avenue; Three Dead, Multiple Injured
What brings Hollywood to Pennsylvania is the state’s $60 million a year film tax credit, but shortfalls in the state’s budget could eliminate the credit all together.
“I would like to have it as a dedicated tax credit. One you don’t have to vote on every five years,” said Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Mike Stack.
The debate over the tax credit will heat up between now and June when the state’s new budget up is approved or rejected.
Until then those in favor of bringing movies like “Fences” to our region plan to make a case for continuing the credit.MORE NEWS: 10th Annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival Continues In Butler County
“We start turning away business, we’re the only state in the country to put out a ‘do not open’ sign for the film industry, we lost projects last week, I turned down three television series last week alone,” Keezer said.