2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Section 34:1B-181 - New Jersey Film Production Assistance Program

NJ Rev Stat § 34:1B-181 (2013) What's This?

34:1B-181. New Jersey Film Production Assistance Program
4. a. There is created in the authority the New Jersey Film Production Assistance Program. The purpose of the program shall be to attract film production companies with financial assistance from the authority in order to promote and encourage the development of film projects and investments by film production companies in this State.

b.The authority shall adopt eligibility criteria for providing financial assistance to film production companies. These criteria shall limit financial assistance to film production companies that:

(1)want to engage in film projects where more than 70 percent of the shooting days take place in this State and where at least 50 percent of the amount of the below-the-line expenses of the operating budget of the film project is spent in this State;

(2)have obtained a minimum of one-half of the estimated total production costs from other sources;

(3)provide in their employment contracts that not less than the prevailing wage rate, as determined by the Commissioner of Labor, pursuant to the provisions of the "New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act," P.L.1963, c.150 (C.34:11-56.25 et seq.), shall be paid to workers employed in the performance of contracts in connection with a proposed project, including construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or demolition of property and improvements thereon; and

(4)have posted such financial security as may be deemed to be necessary by the authority.

c.The authority shall provide financial assistance to eligible film production companies to facilitate their film projects in New Jersey. In order to be eligible for the financial assistance, film production companies shall, in addition to meeting the authority's customary underwriting criteria, demonstrate to the authority's satisfaction that they meet the eligibility criteria adopted pursuant to subsection b. of this section. If at any time the authority determines that a film production company does not meet such criteria, any financial assistance provided shall be withdrawn or any financial assistance to be provided shall be rendered null and void, as appropriate.

d.The authority shall utilize the program to stimulate greater investment in this State by film production companies through measures that include, but are not limited to:

(1)identifying low-interest loans or tax credits that may be available from the State or from federal government agencies or private organizations to promote the planning and development of film projects in this State; and

(2)in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, identifying existing surplus State property that could be utilized by film production companies for film projects.


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