8 Shooting Hotspots: Where to Get the Best Incentives in the U.S. and Canada

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In 2016, Illinois had a record-breaking $499 million in estimated spending as part of its film program, marking a 51 percent increase from 2015 — on top of the 18 percent bump from the previous year. NBC’s Chicago franchise, Fox’s Empire, Netflix’s Sense8 and Amazon’s Patriot have set up shop here, taking advantage of Illinois’ 30 percent tax credit, which can go up by 15 percent for productions filming in areas with high unemployment. The program will remain in place until 2021.

SOURCE: Hollywood