Nova Scotia’s economy continues to benefit from the film industry thanks to skilled crews, talented actors, unique locations, infrastructure, and one of the most competitive tax credits in the industry. The province recently landed the production of a $23-million television series, Haven, for the American Syfy Channel and Showcase Television in Canada. The supernatural series is based on the novel The Colorado Kid by Stephen King and is being shot in Lunenburg. “This is the first American dramatic television series to be filmed in Nova Scotia,” said Ann MacKenzie, president and CEO of Film Nova Scotia. “The Haven team chose the province because they saw we had the complete package, including a strong film tax credit incentive. We hope their decision to film here will open the door for future U.S.-based television series.” The tax credit is one of the highest in the country and offers a strong incentive to film in rural Nova Scotia. Production companies can receive a credit of up to 65 per cent on labour or 35 per cent of total production costs. E1 Entertainment, which is producing the series, determined that Nova Scotia provided the best overall production value. Attracting these kinds of investments to the province, especially to rural areas, creates good jobs and grows the economy. This helps to strengthen our communities and makes life better for families in every region. Not only is the series being shot in Lunenburg, E1 is partnering with Big Motion Pictures of Chester to produce the series. This is the second partnership for the two companies over the past 12 months. Call Me Fitz was filmed in New Minas in the fall of 2009. “Big Motion Pictures is very pleased to be co-producing another television series with E1,” said executive producer David MacLeod. “The financial and logistical support provided by Film Nova Scotia plays a crucial role in making these inter-provincial co-productions work.” Thirteen one-hour episodes of Haven have been ordered. The series features actors Emily Rose (Jericho), Lucas Bryant (Queer as Folk, Dollhouse), Eric Balfour (24, Six Feet Under) and local actor John Dunsworth (Trailer Park Boys). The executive producers are Shawn Piller, Lloyd Segan and Scott Shepherd (The Dead Zone). Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown agency reporting to the minister of Economic and Rural Development. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to build the capacity and competitiveness of the province’s film, television and new media industry. The provincial film industry is the fourth largest in Canada, regularly employing 3,000 people and exceeding $100 million in economic activity annually.
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