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Commission Tasked with Bringing TV and Film to Delaware

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You might see more Delaware locations in films soon as a commission works to bring the industry here. (Photo: WBOC) You might see more Delaware locations in films soon as a commission works to bring the industry here. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del.- A committee formed by the Delaware State Legislature last year met Wednesday to work on ways to bring the motion picture and television industry to Delaware. 

The industry is having a big impact on some states across the U.S. Sometimes that impact can be as much as $225,000 for each day of shooting, according to a legislative press release. 

Gov. Jack Markell signed a resolution last July passed through the legislature to create the Motion Picture and Television Development Commission. It is charged with preparing and implementing programs to promote a motion picture and television industry in Delaware, according to the press release. 

Lisa Black, co-chair of the commission, said some state film offices bring in a large sum of money for their economies. One of those states is New York.

"I think they've done an amazing job with their established office," she said. "Film and TV generated $867 million in New York state in 2014. People will say that New York is a huge state, but here in Delaware we're so small it would only take two or three films or television productions to come here to create jobs."

Creating jobs is one of the foremost goals of the resolution, according to the press release.

Sen. Bryant Richardson, R-Seaford, who co-sponsored the resolution, said he knows it is hard to sell anything that involved taxpayer dollars, but he believes this could do Delaware well. 

"What I would like to see is some activity generated as a result of the Film and Television Commission," he said. "And I think if we can see some interest in our state and some dollars start to come into the state then it would certainly make it a lot easier to present the idea of a state-funded film office."

The commission meets twice monthly and is made up of industry professionals and government officials, including the Delaware Secretary of Finance. 

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