Nevada announces location filming incentive of up to 19% for 2014
Nevada has announced a location filming incentive worth up to 19% of local expenditure and the programme will become available in January 2014. Productions will need to film at least 60% of their project in-state and spend a minimum of USD500,000 locally.
Authorities in Las Vegas are particularly keen to recapture the filmmaking buzz that the city enjoyed when Martin Scorsese filmed mob drama Casino in the mid-90s.
“I just remember what [Casino] did for the economy here and the amount of dollars that were spent,” Las Vegas Major Carolyn Goodman commented, according to the Las Vegas Sun: “People were extras. There was energy and an excitement. Casino took over the town, took over homes and took over sites. It put so many people to work.”
The incentive will be available for four years and has a USD20 million annual film fund. Per-production payments will be capped at USD6 million so the programme will be targeting smaller shoots. Nevada will be hoping to avoid more cases like the short-lived 1960s-set TV drama Vegas, which filmed on location largely in California.
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