Earlier this week, Premier Jason Kenney held a live conference to celebrate Alberta's recent success as a host for television and film productions.

The premier attributed that success to the Film and Television Tax Credit that was launched in January of last year.

According to the province, the tax credit has brought 50 productions to Alberta, along with 9000 direct and indirect jobs.

The per-project budget cap of $10 million was also removed in March of this year to further bolster the industry.

"We wanted to send a message to the HBOs, the Disneys, Universals, and MGMs of the world that Alberta is open for business and keen to land their productions and that we are going big," said Kenney.

It seems to have paid off, with HBO's The Last of Us and the latest entry in the Predator series filming in Alberta this year.

The HBO series, an adaptation of the popular video game of the same name, has an estimated budget of over $100 million for its 10-episode first season.

Kenney was flanked by representatives from several organizations including IATSE, ACTRA Alberta, and Keep Alberta Rolling, as well as two provincial ministers.

Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Jobs, Economy, and Innovation says the province lends itself to film.

"Film productions like The Last of Us and Ghostbusters mean thousands of new jobs for rural Albertans both on and off set. With landscapes from the Rocky Mountains to the Prairies, Alberta is becoming a global hub for film. New multimillion-dollar investments in the film industry are getting Albertans back to work and driving Alberta's economic recovery. I look forward to seeing even more of Alberta on the big screen."

The combined production cost of those 50 projects referenced by the province is $955 million.


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