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Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday signed into law a major increase to the state’s tax break program in a push to make New Jersey a bigger destination for high-profile projects.

‘The Many Saints of Newark’ recently filmed in New Jersey. WARNER BROS. / COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION

New Jersey is expanding tax credits for film, television and digital media productions in an ongoing push to make the state a top destination for high-profile projects.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday signed into law a major increase in the state’s tax break program, which was extended to 2034, that gives digital media projects credits of up to 35 percent of their expenses in certain counties in Southern New Jersey and 30 percent in the rest of the state. It boosts the annual limit on these tax credits from $10 million to $30 million.

The New Jersey Film and Media Tax Credit Program was created in 2018 and then expanded in 2021 as part of a $14.5 billion incentive package to advance the state’s COVID-19 recovery. Productions such as West Side StoryThe Equalizer and The Many Saints of Newark recently filmed in the state.

Motion Picture Association chairman Charles Rivkin said in a statement that the program “grows stronger with new enhancements signed into law last night which will create more jobs in the state and investment into the New Jersey economy.”

“New Jersey has already benefited from the film, television, and streaming industry directly supporting more than 20,000 jobs and over $2 billion in wages,” Rivkin said.

Under the expansion, production companies will also be eligible to get new bonuses for diversifying their film crews and for building new film studios that are in New Jersey for at least a decade. The bill additionally allows an additional $100 million in tax credits for New Jersey film-lease partners from credits authorized under other incentive program beginning in 2025.

Since 2018, the number of film productions that have filmed in the state and have applied for tax credits have increased each year, according to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. New Jersey has approved 49 projects since that time that spent more than $635 million in the state economy.

“The latest legislation further enhances a program that has been extremely effective in attracting motion picture and television production, and production infrastructure,” said executive director of the New Jersey Motion Picture and TV Commission Steven Gorelick in a statement. “Based on the numerous amount of inquiries we are now receiving, it appears that 2022 will another very successful year for New Jersey’s film and television industry.”

But the New Jersey Office of Legislative Services has challenged the alleged economic benefits of the tax breaks. It warned on Jan. 10 that the expansion could reduce state revenue by as much as $20 million annually or $240 million over the next 12 years.

The expansion was signed into law as California continues to face competition from New Mexico, Georgia and other states that have taken to increasing their tax credits to attract film and television productions.

The number of TV shows shot in California dropped by 39 percent between 2020 and 2021 — the steepest decline among the top filming destinations, according to a report by FilmLA.

Gov. Gavin Newsom in July signed a bill adding another $330 million to available film and television tax incentives — BY WINSTON CHO ‘ Hollywood Reporter

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Film festival to be held at historic mansion in New Jersey | 69News at Sunrise




This weekend, New Jersey’s Rutherfurd Hall, a Gilded Age mansion in Allamuchy Township, Warren County, is hosting a film festival.

It brings together professionals, amateurs and high school students.

Filmmaker Scot Wittman, and administrative assistant Morgan Gardiner joined Bo Koltnow and Karin Mallett on 69 News at Sunrise to talk more about the event.

“The point we’d like to really get across with the festival… is that we want to celebrate all Garden State filmmakers or people with even just the connection to the Garden State, ” Gardiner said.

He said the film fest will showcase a wide range of abilities, genres, topics and people.

“I’m really excited to not only be a part of this myself, but when I started reading the titles and the different filmmakers, that really excited me that,” said Wittman. “I get to sort of be in the front row seats to see other artists showing their work, which is really wonderful, because I know they’re just as passionate as I am.”

Watch the full interview in the video window above.

The film festival is set for Sunday from 1-6 p.m., and it’s broken up into three different blocks of time, with live Q&A sessions in between.

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American Pickers To Film in New Jersey



The American Pickers plan to return to New Jersey to film episodes of The History Channel hit television series throughout our area in August 2022. American Pickers is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking.” The hit show follows skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

American Pickers will be following all guidelines and protocols for safe filming outlined by the state and CDC. Nevertheless, we are excited to continue reaching the many collectors in the area to discuss their years of picking and are eager to hear their memorable stories!

The American Pickers TV Show is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send your name, phone number, location, and description of the collection with photos to or call 646-493-2184 (facebook: @GotAPick).

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Great Point Studios

Lionsgate Newark

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)


NEWARK, N.J., May 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Great Point Studios , a studio investment/management business specializing in film and television infrastructure, and The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) , Newark’s anchor cultural and civic institution, today announced a partnership with global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A , LGF.B) to build a major new production facility in Newark. The facility will be owned and operated by Great Point Studios . As the facility’s long-term anchor tenant, Lionsgate will receive naming rights to the studio. NJPAC will manage public affairs and community relations for the studio and create educational programs and internships for Newark high school and college students.

The facility will be the first purpose-built studio in New Jersey specifically constructed for TV and film production. It will be located in Newark’s South Ward at the site of the former Seth Boyden Housing site, which is conveniently located near Newark Liberty International Airport, the Port of Newark, NJ TRANSIT, the PATH system, and several major highways. Operations are expected to begin in late 2024.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy ‘s active encouragement, in addition to the recently passed legislation on film and television incentives, were instrumental in attracting Lionsgate to New Jersey. 

‘One of my administration’s priorities has been to enhance New Jersey’s film industry and create new revenue streams for our State,’ said Governor Murphy . ‘With the addition of the Lionsgate Newark Studio, New Jersey will cement its position as a hub for television and film production with its proximity to all forms of transportation and access to more than 14,000 qualified union members in the region. As a result, the introduction of the Lionsgate Newark Studio not only promotes the economic vitality of our state, but also provides good jobs and access to opportunity for all South Ward community members.’

‘Bringing a project of this magnitude into Newark is a monumental victory for our city,’ said Newark Mayor Ras Baraka . ‘It will bring hundreds of new jobs, create new educational opportunities for our students, and invigorate the revitalization of the South Ward.’

Great Point Studios founder Robert Halmi called upon decades of experience as founder of the Hallmark Channel and a producer of more than 400 film & television projects to create a facility that fits the needs of today’s television and film productions.

The 300,000 square-foot, full-service, modern entertainment complex will include production stages ranging from 20,000 to 30,000 square feet, offices, support space and parking for 400 cars and 65 trucks. The facility will offer a full set of production services on site, including grip and electric, equipment, props, set building, restaurants, location catering, cleaning service, and security. It is anticipated to create more than 600 new long-term jobs, with priority for positions going to residents of Newark, and generate more than $800M of annual economic impact for Newark and New Jersey.

‘We have a shared vision for the future of the entertainment industry, and it’s reflected in every detail we put into this complex,’ said Founder & CEO of Great Point Studios Robert Halmi . ‘Given the rise in studio production post-Covid, we are confident that expanding our studio program into New Jersey will be a welcome addition.’

‘This is a great opportunity to scale our East Coast studio footprint with our partners at Great Point Studios and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center to support our robust film & television production,’ said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer . ‘Lionsgate Studios Newark is also an important part of our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, enabling us to create hundreds of jobs, provide educational opportunities to local students and contribute to the economic revitalization of the South Ward of Newark.’ 

NJPAC originated the idea for the project with the City of Newark and the Newark Housing Authority, developed a coalition of partners, and collaborated to bring the project to public announcement.

‘NJPAC continually seeks opportunities to act as a catalyst for economic development in its home city of Newark,’ said NJPAC CEO John Schreiber . ‘We are grateful to Mayor Baraka and the Newark Housing Authority for embracing our project to bring a world class film studio back to the city where celluloid movie film was invented and to Governor Murphy for creating tax incentives to make New Jersey more attractive to the film industry and especially for the development of studios, like Lionsgate Newark. Without their collective efforts, this project wouldn’t have seen the light of day.’

The 12-acre, $125 million-plus facility will be owned by a joint venture between Great Point Studios and its institutional partner, an affiliate of Lindsay Goldberg , a private investment firm focused on partnering with entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses to help them grow. Matrix Development will serve as the project developer and Gensler, a global architecture, design and planning firm with more than 3,500 active clients, has signed on to lead the way with architecture and master planning. 

ABOUT LIONSGATE Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A , LGF.B) encompasses world-class motion picture and television studio operations aligned with the STARZ premium global subscription platform to bring a unique and varied portfolio of entertainment to consumers around the world. The Company’s film, television, subscription and location-based entertainment businesses are backed by a 17,000-title library and a valuable collection of iconic film and television franchises. A digital age company driven by its entrepreneurial culture and commitment to innovation, the Lionsgate brand is synonymous with bold, original, relatable entertainment for audiences worldwide.

ABOUT GREAT POINT STUDIOS Great Point Studios is a media-focused investment fund specializing in film and television infrastructure. It was founded by Robert Halmi and Fehmi Zeko. They are presently expanding into new studio investment/management businesses in other locations in North America and the U.K.

Robert Halmi is the founder of the Hallmark Channel and was Chairman of Crown Media. Robert has been the Chief Executive Officer of four public companies. As President and CEO of Hallmark Entertainment, Robert transformed the business from a small production company into one of the first modern studios, with production, distribution and broadcast all in one company. Under Halmi’s leadership, Hallmark Entertainment produced over 2,000 hours of original content. Halmi is an active member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and serves on the board of the International Emmy Committee. 

Fehmi Zeko is the founding partner of Great Point Studios. Zeko has established a record of helping global technology, media and telecommunications clients build strong companies and deliver profitable growth through landmark M&A, turnaround and growth initiatives. Fehmi has led the banking strategies in global communications, media, entertainment and telecom at Bank of America, Macquarie Capital and Citigroup. Fehmi has had consistent success providing operating advice and capital to drive the completion of hundreds of transactions and raising hundreds of billions in equity and debt capital. He has built, led and/or expanded market sector practices in leading institutions through long-standing corporate relationships with clients such as Viacom, Lionsgate, Newscorp, Fox, Time-Warner, Comcast NBCUniversal, Cablevision, Disney, CBS, Yahoo, Facebook, Sony, Warner Music, Thomson Reuters, Bertelsmann, Vivendi, Sprint, American Tower, Apollo, Bain, TPG, KKR, TH Lee and Blackstone, among others.

ABOUT NJPAC The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States. It is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey — where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. As New Jersey’s town square, NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state’s and the world’s best artists, while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted more than 10 million visitors (including almost 2 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. Visit  for more information.

ABOUT LINDSAY GOLDBERG Lindsay Goldberg is a private investment firm that focuses on partnering with families, founders and management teams seeking to actively build their businesses. Since 2001, Lindsay Goldberg has raised more than $17 billion of equity capital and has invested in over 50 platform companies and over 250 follow-on opportunities. For more information, visit  .

ABOUT MATRIX DEVELOPMENT GROUP Matrix Development Group is a privately held, full-service real estate investment and development company with offices in New Jersey. The company is an active investor and developer of commercial, industrial, residential, and golf and hospitality properties throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions. Since its founding in 1979, the company has developed a multi-billion dollar real estate portfolio that has been recognized for its leadership by numerous charitable, community and real estate organizations.

ABOUT GENSLER Gensler is a global architecture, design, and planning firm with 50 locations across Asia, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and the Americas. Founded in 1965, the firm serves more than 3,300 active clients in virtually every industry. Technology innovations, new consumer behaviors, and the impact of the global health crisis are driving media workplaces, studios, newsrooms, and campuses to embrace change. Gensler partners with clients to deliver tailored design solutions that are purpose-built to adapt to new expectations. We create compelling workplaces that help industry-leading media clients attract creative talent, create a rewarding workplace experience and connected culture, and forge new territory while staying rooted in authenticity. Gensler’s media clients include NFL Media, DreamWorks, Comcast, Washington Post, New York Times, Conde Nast, and Audacy.

Architectural renderings of the studio are available here :

Media Inquiries:

Peter Wilkes Lionsgate [email protected] 310-255-3726

Daniela SapkarGreat Point Studios[email protected] 646-644-4418

Karen Kessler NJPAC [email protected] 908-322-1100

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