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Cincinnati cashes in on the movie making industry

Greater Cincinnati & NKY FIlm Commission

The movie business is bringing millions to the Tri-State, according to a new study by University of Cincinnati economists.

Carol, Miles Ahead and the A&E television series Renovation Row, all filmed in 2014, were responsible for adding $45.9 million in direct and indirect spending to the local economy.  The Economic Impact Study was commissioned by the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission.

  • The motion pictures employed 2,000 people and spent more than $26 million locally.
  • An additional 2,061 jobs were created through the direct employment.
  • $19.8 million was generated in indirect spending.

Spending and employment includes motion picture and video production, independent artists, writers and performers; management and consulting services; leasing non-residential and residential buildings.
Miles Ahead filmed this summer in Cincinnati.


The late 1980s and the 1990s were a heyday for Cincinnati's film industry with more than 45 movies shot here. But then the movies went away as Hollywood realized it was cheaper to make films abroad. Five years ago Ohio established a cash rebate program, now considered one of the top five in the country.

Carol, Miles Ahead and Renovation Row got tax credits through the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit program totaling $6.4 million. The Cincinnati-area share of that total is $924,405.

In the last two years more than 15 movies have been made in Cincinnati.

The Blunderer, starring Jessica Biel and Patrick Wilson, started shooting in Cincinnati Monday.

With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.