Pittsburgh Film Business Reaching New Highs

The movie business is booming in Pittsburgh.

CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — With major stars like Will Smith currently filming in the Hill District and productions popping up all over town, movie-making is back in Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Film Office credits the resurgence to a credit.

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“Thanks to the film tax credit program, the film industry is doing great,” said Jessica Conner, of the Pittsburgh Film Office.

It’s 25 percent tax break for all films that do their 70 percent of more of their filming in Pennsylvania.

Since its enactment, the film industry has taken off here. Major movies in the past five years like, “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Jack Reacher.”

Conner says, “2015 is shaping up to be the biggest years ever.”

Seventeen projects are already scouting Pittsburgh for productions next year – 12 major films and five television films. The Film Office says the list is likely to top a record…

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