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“Mayor of Kingstown” Returns, Brings $90 Million Boost To PA

The Pennsylvania Film Office has announced that the popular crime drama “The Mayor of Kingstown” will be shooting its third season in Pittsburgh. This decision is expected to create over 3,000 new jobs and inject more than $90 million into the regional economy.

“When a TV or film production comes to Pennsylvania, it’s a huge driver for the local economy. Crews not only need housing, equipment, transportation, catering and other services, they also hire area workers and spend money at local businesses,” said Secretary Siger. “The Shapiro Administration is thrilled that a major production like “The Mayor of Kingstown” recognizes the incredible locations, people, and amenities we have in Pennsylvania, and our Film Tax Credit program makes us more competitive in attracting more well-known productions like this one.”

The Pennsylvania Film Tax Credit program offers a 25% tax credit to productions that spend at least 60% of their total budget in the Commonwealth. This tax credit program is part of an effort to stimulate the economy and create jobs by attracting film and television productions to Pennsylvania. The program is expected to generate more than $379 million in total productions during the 2020-21 fiscal year and hire more than 8,500 Pennsylvania employees.

The Shapiro administration has recently introduced a new Film Commissioner role and named Gino Anthony Pesi to serve as the director of the Pennsylvania Film Office. Pesi is an actor, writer, producer, and director with over 50 professional credits. His work in the industry has included stints as an actor in Pittsburgh, as a producer on several television shows, and as a director on films.

The production of “The Mayor of Kingstown” is expected to generate millions in tax credits for the state and region. The Pennsylvania Film Tax Credit program is part of a broader effort to stimulate the economy and create jobs by attracting film and television productions to Pennsylvania. The program is expected to generate more than $379 million in total productions during the 2020-21 fiscal year and hire more than 8,500 Pennsylvania employees.

Story source: dced.pa.gov

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