State officers spotlight movie, TV initiatives delivered to Minnesota by manufacturing tax credit score

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota’s movie manufacturing tax credit score is bringing thousands and thousands of {dollars} in movie and TV initiatives to the state, Minnesota officers introduced Friday.

The Minnesota Division of Employment and Financial Improvement (DEED) says that the tax credit score program, which was created in 2021, has attracted six initiatives which were accepted and are at present in varied phases of manufacturing. Every are anticipated to convey greater than $1 million to the state. 

“We’re excited to see this tax credit score assist convey manufacturing efforts to Minnesota,” mentioned DEED Commissioner Steve Grove, in an announcement. “These initiatives positively impression our financial system, jobs, and spending at native companies. And other people from across the nation can expertise the wonderful high quality of life in Minnesota.”  

The initiatives at present in manufacturing embrace two tv collection, three function movies, and one set of toy commercials. 

Among the many function movies, two are being shot within the Twin Cities. One is “Downtown Owl,” an adaptation of Chuck Klosterman’s 2008 novel. WCCO captured movie crews taking pictures at varied locations in St. Paul earlier this yr. The movie is at present in post-production and might be distributed by Sony Footage. 

A producer on “Downtown Owl” advised WCCO that they selected Minnesota as a filming location due to the movie manufacturing tax credit score, which isn’t accessible in North Dakota, the place the movie’s story is ready. 

The opposite function movie being shot within the Twin Cities known as “Marmalade,” a romantic heist drama set on the outskirts of the metro and starring “Stranger Issues” big-haired heartthrob Joe Keery. 

The third function movie, “Merry KissCam,” is a Christmastime rom-com that just lately wrapped manufacturing in Duluth and might be accessible on a “main streaming platform.” 

The TV initiatives at present in manufacturing are “Renovation 911,” a preferred HGTV dwelling renovation collection that may function Twin Cities properties in want of significant restore, and “Household Dinner with Andrew Zimmern,” that includes the Minnesota chef, restauranteur and TV host who was most just lately a choose on Netflix’s “Iron Chef.” 

As for the business bundle, a bundle of greater than a dozen commercials is being shot in Minneapolis for toy-maker Mattel. 

Minnesota’s movie manufacturing tax credit score gives an assignable 25% revenue tax credit score to manufacturing corporations that spend no less than $1 million in a taxable yr for eligible manufacturing prices, DEED officers say. 

DEED administers this system, and it’s promoted by the nonprofit Minneapolis Movie & TV, which works to lure manufacturing corporations to Minnesota. 

“Having a tax credit score incentive is a game-changer for Minnesota’s manufacturing business,” Melodie Bahan, government director of Minnesota Movie & TV, mentioned in an announcement.  “With these first initiatives underway, we’ll have the ability to present the business that Minnesota is great spot to provide movie, TV, and streaming content material.”