Film industry

Chicago film industry smashes revenue forecasts and attracts projects to Illinois

CHICAGO, Ill. (WIFR) — Signaling a strong recovery, movie production revenue surpassed pre-pandemic levels last year, hitting a record $630 million. State and city leaders attribute the gains to high-profile local talent and film initiatives that have drawn projects to the prairie state.

With a steady increase in demand for film, television, streaming and digital media over the past 10 years, the projects are boosting national and local economies through the money spent and the jobs created through the work.

Filming permits issued by the city of Chicago have also reached pre-pandemic levels.

“The fact that we’ve surpassed pre-pandemic levels is a testament to the strength of our high-quality filming facilities, locations and initiatives like the Film Production Tax Credit,” the governor said. JB Pritzker. “Illinois has always played a special role in the zeitgeist of American culture, and as a state we are proud to be on full display during what has become the golden age of cinema and television.”

In 2021, the Chicago Film Office launched a new “Chicago Made” initiative to strengthen Chicago’s television and film industry – including a workforce development program and an audience awareness campaign based on the recommendations from the City of Chicago COVID-19 Recovery Task Force. These recommendations guided projects that wanted to continue filming during the pandemic in the safest way possible.

Major prime-time programs such as NBC’s “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med” and “Chicago PD,” plus the critically acclaimed Showtime series “The Chi” from award-winning Chicagoan Lena Waithe an Emmy, and the Grammy- and Oscar-winning Chicago Common rapper have been renewed for an additional season. Meanwhile, new TV productions like Apple TV+’s “Shining Girls” and AMC Studios’ “61st Street” have also found their way to Illinois.

Chicago’s suburbs and rural areas have hosted a number of high-profile productions, including HBO’s “Somebody Somewhere,” which was filmed in Lockport, and production company Legendary Television, which filmed “Paper Girls” and ” Lightyears” for Amazon Studios mostly outdoors. from Chicago.

“Every television and film project here in Illinois brings a wave of economic activity to our state,” said Sylvia I. Garcia, director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, which houses the office. of the Illinois film. “Each production creates a multiplier effect by increasing foot traffic to local stores and restaurants, recruiting local extras and hiring our talented crews, and then bringing our incredible Illinois landmarks to audiences around the world.”

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