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Faces of Ohio Film – In Their Own Words

In our fight to #SaveOhioFilmJobs, media production professionals from all across the state have lent their voice in support of saving the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit.   Since 2009, the incentive has been responsible for creating over 5,000 full-time-equivalent (FTE) jobs, and an economic impact of over $750 million. Real jobs. Real people. Real...

URGENT: We Need Your Help Again – Ohio Senate Reinstates Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit

Today, the Ohio Senate has passed the Senate’s version of the budget which included the reinstatement of the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit. Thank you to everyone who has shown support by writing letters, sharing our social media posts, making phone calls, and especially to those who submitted and gave testimony. WE NEED YOUR HELP...

Watch ‘Faces of Ohio Film’ & Take Action to Help Us Save Ohio Film Jobs

These are the faces of the Ohio film and television industry.   Over 5,000 full-time-equivalent (FTE) jobs have been created since the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit was enacted in 2009. If the program is discontinued, most of those people will have to seek employment in other states.   According to a study by the...

Testimony for Sub. HB 166 – GCFC President Ivan Schwarz

Interested Party Testimony for Am. Sub. HB 166 Presented by Ivan Schwarz President, Greater Cleveland Film Commission Mr. Chairman Dolan, Vice Chair Burke, Ranking Member Sykes, and Committee Members: My name is Ivan Schwarz, and I am the President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission. I am here today to testify to the...

WATCH: Senate Finance Committee Hearing for Sub. H.B. 166

The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on Thursday, May 23rd on Sub. H.B. 166 to hear testimony on state tax matters. Film and TV industry professionals traveled from all across the state to show solidarity with us as we led the charge to testify to save the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit program. Over...

CALL TO ACTION: Join us in Columbus to help Save Ohio Film Jobs

CALL TO ACTION: Join us in Columbus on Thursday, May 23rd at 9:00 AM to testify for the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit WHO:  EVERYONE WHAT:  HEARING ON SUB. SB 166 WHERE: FINANCE SENATE HEARING ROOM WHEN:  MAY 23, 2019 TIME: 9:00 AM SHARP The Senate Finance Committee will be holding a hearing on Sub....

MPAA: Ohio Movie & TV Production By the Numbers

The Ohio House has proposed ending the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit as a means to help fund a reduction in state income taxes. We believe to eliminate the tax credit is a GRAVE ERROR that will do great damage to our economy and to so many Ohio taxpayers who either work in media production, run...

URGENT: Save Ohio Film Jobs

The Ohio House has proposed ending the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit as a means to help fund a reduction in state income taxes. The Greater Cleveland Film Commission is reaching out to our state officials to strongly urge them to reconsider eliminating the tax credit and we ask our supporters to do the same....

Russo Brothers hoping to bring ‘Cherry’ to CLE

Before last weekend’s record-shattering box office opening with Avenger: Endgame, Cleveland-native Anthony Russo (of the directing duo the Russo Brothers), talked with Michael Sangiacomo at The Plain Dealer about Endgame, and the next movie that he and brother Joe Russo want to bring to Cleveland, Cherry. ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE.  The Russos also talked out Cherry and their wishes...

Help us advocate for the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit

As we continue to advocate for the expansion of the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit, we still need your help in encouraging our State lawmakers to pass this important legislation.  The current legislation offers a tax incentive for movies, television, web series and gaming and we would like to add touring Broadway productions that: are...