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September 12, 2006

Matthew Newton, NH Film & Television Office
(603) 271-2220
film@nh.gov

New Hampshire featured in trade magazine showcasing top production incentives

(Concord, NH)  The New Hampshire Film and Television Office is proud to announce that the State of New Hampshire has been included in a recent article showcasing top filming incentive programs in North America.

The September issue of the film industry trade publication P3 Production Update Magazine prominently features New Hampshire in Sally Kemper’s piece, “Top Production Incentives: The North American Race Has Begun”. The article focuses on film offices around the nation and their efforts to market their states as filming locations using innovative and sometimes aggressive financial incentives to lure production companies to their region.

New Hampshire has joined the incentives game by promoting the state’s absence of sales, personal income and capital gains taxes to filmmakers. While many states are offering exemptions and rebates on some of these taxes to producers, New Hampshire does not require filmmakers to spend any minimum amount on their production in the state or require them to fill out paperwork to take advantage of the savings. Filmmakers see their savings the minute the cameras start rolling in New Hampshire.

“What makes this opportunity exciting is that a highly regarded trade magazine sought out New Hampshire,” says Van McLeod, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Resources. “The editors were genuinely interested in New Hampshire’s approach to filming incentives and our promotional spin on the benefits already built into the state’s economy.”

“There are some very competitive states out there with lucrative incentives for filmmakers, and New Hampshire is just beginning to examine how it can bring incentives to the forefront,” says Matthew Newton, Film Specialist with the New Hampshire Film and Television Office. “However, to be included with such notable company, at this stage, is an honor and it shows that we’re starting out with the right mindset.”

For more information on P3 Production Update Magazine, visit www.p3update.com.

The New Hampshire Film and Television Office, as part of the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, works to expand business activity and employment throughout the state by acting as a liaison between the film industry and an established network of government agencies, the state’s film industry workforce, and local property owners. The office is responsible for location assistance, public relations, and general production support in an effort to broaden the cultural and economic impact of film and television production in the state. For more information about film and television production in New Hampshire, call (603) 271-2220 or visit www.nh.gov/film.

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