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Governor JB Pritzker, "Veep" Star Matt Walsh Headline Illinois Production Alliance Hollywood Reception

“Iconic Stories: Made in Illinois” Reception Caps Off Marketing Mission to Bring Television, Film Production to Illinois

CHICAGO, Illinois (March 21, 2024) - The Illinois Production Alliance today announced Matt Walsh, star of Veep and the Apple TV+ series Manhunt, as emcee at the Iconic Stories: Made in Illinois reception, with special guest, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker. The event caps off the Governor’s marketing mission to Hollywood, where he will be discussing benefits of filming in Illinois, including key findings of the first-ever Economic Impact Study of the Illinois Film Production Services Tax Credit commissioned by the IPA and published in January 2024.

“The strides Illinois has made in growing our film and television production sector in recent years is nothing short of remarkable, and it’s time to ensure that every production company and studio knows exactly what we can offer them here in the Land of Lincoln,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “This trip will be a chance to shed light on what the Illinois Film Production Services Tax Credit as well as our increased film infrastructure can offer companies who may be looking to expand beyond Southern California.”

“When production companies choose Illinois, they not only get the benefits of the state’s Film Production Services Tax Credit, gorgeous locations, world-class service providers, top-flight infrastructure across the state, they also get access to a dedicated, talented workforce,” said Christine Dudley, Executive Director of the Illinois Production Alliance. “One thing that everyone agrees on – labor, business, and government alike – is that bringing more film and television production to Illinois benefits everyone.”

From the golden age of silent film, to Bueller, Blues Brothers, and Batman; to current productions including The Bear, Somebody Somewhere, NBC’s One Chicago series, and upcoming features like We Grown Now and Ghostlight, Illinois has enjoyed a starring role in Hollywood history. Iconic Stories: Made in Illinois celebrates that history while sharing Governor Pritzker’s vision for the future of the Illinois production community. With our world-class crews, growing production infrastructure, and generous film production tax credit – there’s no place like Illinois.

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The Illinois Production Alliance (IPA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for the Illinois film production community. We work closely with state and local legislative bodies to create growth and opportunities for all sectors of our community. 

Established in 2002 to support and promote film production in Illinois, the IPA served as the driving force in the passage of the first film production tax credit, as well as the 2022 legislation that expanded and extended the incentive. 

The IPA is a 501(c)6 that continues to serve as an advocate and lobby for the interests of the film community with government officials, industry stakeholders, community leaders and the media. We market film in Illinois through industry events, support for the Chicago and Illinois Film Office, and one-on-one communication with industry executives, producers, and decision makers. 

The board of the IPA is made up of individuals from every sector of the Illinois film industry. 

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