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Commission Working to Draw Movie Industry to Delaware

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Carmike Theater in the Dover Mall which could be playing more movies shot in Delaware in the future. (Photo: WBOC) Carmike Theater in the Dover Mall which could be playing more movies shot in Delaware in the future. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del.- The Delaware Motion Picture and Television Development Commission met Thursday at Legislative Hall.

The group was formed by the General Assembly to attract the production of motion pictures, television, commercials, music and other forms of media production to Delaware.

TJ Healy chairs the commission, and he owns a production company. He helped bring Dead Poets Society to Delaware. He says in the next six months the commission will be working on the incentive plan to begin to attract production companies to The First State.

"That rebate part will work because one, they'll bring their budget in," he said. "We'll look at their budget, we'll see what they're going to spend here in the state."

Healy says Dead Poets Society is a good example of how economic development through motion pictures can help Delaware. He told WBOC the movie had an $18 million budget, and $6 million of it was spent and stayed in Delaware.

Kathy McGuiness is a commissioner is Rehoboth Beach and sits on this commission, as well. She is a candidate for lieutenant governor. She says it's certainly a dream, but she would like to see the movie industry become a quarter of the revenue stream in Delaware.

"We're looking at this to be an economic driver for our state," she said. "We are serious. We know the climate's changing with business in Delaware. This is something that can put Delawareans to work."

Healy said this can help people from all over the state of Delaware. He says when Dead Poets Society came to film he spent time in Sussex County meeting with farmers to arrange rental deals for their trucks and equipment.

The commission is working to develop the incentive plan over the next six months to begin drawing production companies to the state.

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