Baker plan to cut film tax credit gets cool reception in Devens
WBJournal, Posted: MARCH 5, 2015
By: Emily Micucci
After years of failed proposals by other developers throughout the state, New England Studios in Devens became the first film studio to open doors in March 2014, and the owners had high hopes for attracting major movie productions to Central Massachusetts.
With all the infrastructure and equipment necessary to shoot major productions, New England Studios fills a previously unmet need for production companies shooting in Massachusetts. In the past year, the studio hosted a handful of productions, including “Tumbledown,” a movie starring Jason Sudeikis and Blythe Danner that has yet to be released, as well as commercial and music videos, according to spokeswoman Justine Griffin.
The company has a number of prospects, but that’s in jeopardy now that Gov. Charlie Baker has proposed eliminating the state’s 2005 film tax credit established under former Gov. Mitt Romney to boost the Bay State film industry.