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TV production at record high in Illinois

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CHICAGO (WREX) -

Illinois is home to four TV drama series this year and a comedy TV pilot will also begin filming in the state later this month.

NBC's Chicago Fire, Fox's Mob Doctor, Starz's Boss, and MTV's Underemployed are all currently being filmed in the state. The filming of the four shows is expected to generate over $92 million in local spending as well as create over 1,200 full-time equivalent jobs. USA Network's Sirens by Denis Leary is expected to begin filming in late October.

Cinespace Chicago Film Studios houses Chicago Fire, Underemployment, and Boss. The soundstage, which was constructed with $5 million in capital funding from Illinois Jobs Now! and tens of millions of dollars in private investing, opened in May 2011. When it is fully finished, it is expected to be the largest soundstage in the United States outside of Hollywood.

"We are thrilled that the TV networks recognize what a perfect place Illinois is for series television," Managing Director of the Illinois Film Office Betsy Steinberg said. "Our tax credits for film production, access to world-class infrastructure and great crews combine to make Illinois a winning destination for production companies"

 

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