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Utah, the home of Sundance, sees film and TV industry booming

Don Johnson and Amber Valletta in ABC's Blood and OilThe Utah Film Commission announced on Monday 15 June that six film productions, including a new major ABC television series entitled Blood & Oil, are approved to receive state incentives.

Utah hasn’t attracted a network TV series since 2006, and Blood & Oil is a massive catch. It has been approved for a tax credit of US $8,340,230 and for this the production will hire over 3,000 local cast and crew and will have an estimated economic impact of $33.3m in the state.

"Bringing a major network television series to Utah means more jobs for locals, a boost to the economy, and a lot of credibility to our state's film industry,” said Virginia Pearce, director of the Utah Film Commission.

“ABC did look at other states in the west, but the combination of our incentive package, incredible locations and film resources confirmed that Utah was the best place for them.”

In the series, a couple looks to cash in on the modern-day oil boom in North Dakota. The lead roles will be played by Don Johnson and Amber Valletta (both pictured).

The five other productions – two reality shows and three feature films – have a projected in-state spend of $3.1m and will hire more than 800 local cast and crew.

All six projects are said to begin production this summer.

“Utah’s film industry has begun to really flourish since January,” Pearce said. “To have such a variety of studio, independent, local and out-of-state productions coming to Utah shows that we are growing and truly maintaining our reputation as a filmmaking destination.”