Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Hatfields' Pilot Likely to Film Elsewhere

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Hatfields' Pilot Likely to Film Elsewhere

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NBC's Pittsburgh-set "Hatfields & McCoys" pilot doesn't look like it will film in Western Pennsylvania.

The pilot for this modern-day retelling -- working-class McCoys vs. well-heeled Hatfields -- is likely to be produced in another city that will double as Pittsburgh. Producers are scouting Providence, R.I., and Boston as possible filming locations because Pennsylvania's film tax credit program for 2012-13 has been exhausted, confirmed Janet K. Daily, a publicist for Disney-owned ABC Studios, which is producing the pilot for NBC.

Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office, said unlike other state's programs with more robust funding or funding further into the future, the Pennsylvania program is capped at $60 million and has to be renewed each year by the legislature.

"I spoke with an executive at Disney [Wednesday], and if we had film tax credit money available, 'Hatfields & McCoys' would begin shooting their pilot in Pittsburgh. It is their preferred location," Ms. Keezer said. "Unfortunately there's no money, so it will go the way of the Bradley Cooper film that went to Boston."

Ms. Keezer said director David O. Russell wanted to return to Philadelphia with Mr. Cooper for a new movie following on their Oscar-nominated collaboration "Silver Linings Playbook," which filmed in and around Philadelphia.

"We've lost seven feature films in the last couple of months, all from major studios, because of our inability to provide a tax credit," Ms. Keezer said, pointing out that the state program's website (http://filminpa.com/incentives/) won't accept applications again until April 1. "We're competing against other states for this very lucrative, job-producing industry without any resources to help level the playing field."

Projects that filmed in Western Pennsylvania that burned through the film tax credit include Nickelodeon's "Supah Ninjas," A&E's "Those Who Kill" pilot and the big-screen movies "Foxcatcher" and "American Pastoral."

"The region has topped $100 million in quantifiable, audited economic impact for each of the past three years," Ms. Keezer said. "And now we are at a complete standstill. …

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