Film and TV production in Maryland just got a big boost — a $17.5 million boost to be specific. Earlier this week, the state’s House of Delegates passed a bill increasing Maryland’s film tax credit program from its current $7.5 million for the fiscal year 2014 to $25 million. It now heads to Gov. Martin O’Malley to sign. The Democratic Governor was a big supporter of the bill and, according to a spokesperson from his office, “could sign the bill as early as Tuesday.” Intended to bring out-of-state production to Maryland, the bill also extends the state’s program for another two years until June 30, 2016; the current tax credit program was set to expire on July 1 this year. The legislation benefits productions that spend at least $500,000 in Maryland. In recent years, the state has been a destination for political-themed productions, with Netflix’s House Of Cards and HBO’s Veep shooting there. Game Change, the Emmy-winning HBO movie about the 2008 Presidential election, also filmed there.
As part of the new law, the program managed by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development will receive $7.5 million for fiscal years 2015 and 2016 to keep it on steady footing for productions looking to go to Maryland in the next couple of years. The bill had passed the state Senate unanimously and eased through the House via a 108-31 vote.