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Op Ed: Ready for NJ's Close-Up: The Garden State Must Continue to Welcome the Film Industry

By NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan for NorthJersey.com


December 12, 2023 | nj.gov







Credit: Edison’s “Film Studio: Library of Congress



When Oscar-worthy movies or critically acclaimed shows are filmed in New Jersey, it’s more than just glitz and glam. It goes beyond A-list celebrity sightings and lavish wrap parties. Sure, it’s bragworthy when a top film franchise or high-rated television show is filmed in your hometown and it’s fun to point out iconic landmarks when they appear on the screen. But when Tinseltown meets the Garden State, what does it mean for everyday New Jerseyans? With the actors and writers strikes now resolved, New Jersey’s film industry is back open for business. I recently led a delegation of state officials on a trip to California to pitch the value of filming in New Jersey. We met with executives from major studios and production companies who are excited to start filming in the Garden State.


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NJ SEED: We’ve come a long way. The motion picture industry, born in NJ, with its “golden years” in California, may be returning to its roots. With millions of dollars spent on productions, thousands of mostly union jobs created, and boosts to local economies for services, it’s a growing economic development sector for the state.

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