Cincinnati cashes in on the movie making industry
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.