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Jerusalem to build major film and TV studio

Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat has announced plans to build a new state-of-the-art film and TV studio in Jerusalem.

The Municipality and Development Authority in Jerusalem have already started scouting appropriate locations to house the 5,000 sq mt complex.

The studio will reportedly have three main goals to accomplish. To partner with the Israeli Broadcasting Authority to help attract local Israeli productions, to seal a potential partnership deal with Culver Studios in Hollywood and to serve as an enticement - on top of the city’s appealing tax rebates - for foreign productions to film in Israel.

Barkat said in a statement: “After Richard Gere and Natalie Portman made Hollywood films in Jerusalem, and NBC filmed here last summer for the series Dig, now it’s time to move to the next stage in the development of the film industry in the capital.

“Beyond the fact that we will see Jerusalem on screens around the world, investment in the film and television industries is important to the city in terms of employment. Now we are taking this successful step forward, and with the establishment of the studio, will create hundreds of jobs.”

Barkat is preparing to officially present his plans for the studio to Israel’s government on 17 May 2015.