PAULSBORO, NJ (CBS) — Lights, camera, action. There is a new campaign to market South Jersey as a top destination for film and television production.
Believe it or not, Hollywood is coming to South Jersey.
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“Light, camera, action. This is South Jersey and boy are we proud to present it,” said Gloucester County Deputy Manager Heather Simmons.
Simmons greeted those gathered at the South Jersey Film Bureau Co-op launch event.
“The idea was that we bring the counties together, we bring the cities together for a one-stop shop, the front door of this whole region,” said John Burzichelli, managing partner of Hill Studio.
Here’s basically what that means and how it will work.
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“So if you’re an out-of-state producer and have an interest in locations, you’ll be able to access our portal and you’ll have a selection of every municipality in every county and who to contact,” said Burzichelli. . “And then we’ll have a liaison set up and an ambassador to help people approach the area.”
It also offers filmmakers an ideal alternative to working in the much more expensive New York market.
“Even if you compare us to North Jersey, we’re a lot cheaper here in terms of labor and real estate and easier to get around,” the Camden County Commissioner’s Director said. , Louis Cappelli Jr. “We think we have an advantage.”
The launch event for this new co-op was held here at the Hill Theater in Paulsboro.
“South Jersey can replace many places between beaches, farms, vineyards, battleship and prison,” Simmons said. “There are many different types of assets here and it can replace other locations.”
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Drawing film and television production to South Jersey would help boost local economies, create jobs and opportunity and maybe – just maybe – give the next Steven Spielberg or Ava DuVernay their big shot.