HALIFAX HAS BECOME ANOTHER CANADIAN FILM & TV PRODUCTION CENTRE & WHY NOT?

<Photo – the Bank District, Downtown Halifax> The “Industry” is in town, and making itself at home. . . . 2021 is predicted to be that city’s busiest movie business in years. Executive Director of ‘Screen Nova Scotia’, Laura Mackenzie said “I’d say probably between August and December of 2020, I was on the phone all day long with studios wondering what was happening in Nova Scotia,”  The answer came from Ms. Mackenzie, who heard from all the large U.S. streaming services. Preparing to support major productions and series means dealing with visitors and their upcoming creations. In 2015 the Nova Scotia government cut the film tax credit, a 50-65% refundable corporate income tax credit for shows hiring provincial personnel. <Photo by The Toronto Star – The film above is the crew for a Halifax legal drama. Things look better these days with foreign service productions, and reliable N.S. money for labour, accommodations and locations. Ms. Mackenzie also said finding studio space for out-of-town productions needing interiors, it can be as challenging as finding available crews, and competing for warehouse space.  There’s so much more that can be said, but this gives some idea of what’s happening in and around Nova Scotia’s capital city. As one who worked for about 40 years in television and was born in Nova Scotia, (that’s me, David Moore) I can happily say “Good luck Haligonians, and may this new achievement be a solid part of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada.”

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