TV Talk: Pittsburgh TV production bounces back; CMU grad stars in ‘Bridge and Tunnel’ (triblive.com)
Netflix’s horror series “Archive 81” has been filming in and around Pittsburgh since November and will be joined in a couple of weeks by another Netflix program, “The Chair.” Showtime’s “Rust” expects to film in March.
Beyond these three series, 2021 local big-budget TV/film production is in a holding pattern. All $70 million of Pennsylvania’s film tax credits for 2020-2021 have been claimed. (Hollywood productions invariably seek out filming locations that offer a tax incentive.)
Pittsburgh Film Office director Dawn Keezer is waiting for the Pennsylvania legislature to re-authorize the state’s film tax credit program, often a political football, for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.
Pa. Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Washington, will introduce legislation to increase the Pennsylvania film tax credit program cap from $70 million to $125 million annually. Bartolotta grew up in Southern California and has worked in the entertainment industry on camera (in Pittsburgh-filmed “The Fault in Our Stars”) and behind the scenes (she executive produced the 2014 indie movie “Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies,” filmed in Charleroi).
By: Rob Owen