Illinois shatters pre-pandemic film production expenditure records by more than $130 million


CHICAGO — The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, leaders in Illinois’ film industry, and state leaders have announced Illinois’ soaring film production expenditures with a record-breaking $691 million for 2022 – a $131 million increase from the pre-pandemic record in 2019. An estimated 15,000 people were hired in the state to support the entertainment industry. The record-breaking achievement comes on the heels of the expansion of the Film Production Tax Credit in 2022, extending the credit through 2033, and launching the Film & TV Workforce Training Program.

“Our success in the film and TV production industry is more than just a set of revenue numbers — it means thousands of good-paying jobs,” said Governor JB Pritzker.’

The 2022 numbers align with the success of pre-pandemic numbers and build towards more future growth as the City’s industry continues to expand with over 1.8 million square feet of studio space on over 60 stages across the city, the “Chicago Made” workforce development program, new hit shows such as FX’s hit show “The Bear,” as well as the return of longstanding series such as NBC’s “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” and “Chicago PD.”

Region: Northern,Feeds,Local,Region: La Salle

via WALS

March 20, 2023 at 11:30PM

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