Illinois sets new state record for expenditures by Film and TV producers


Illinois has set a new record for expenditures by film and TV producers working in the state.

Production companies spent almost $700 million in Illinois last year, including more than $400 million in wages. It’s the second straight year of record-setting expenditures for the film industry, and beats the pre-pandemic record by more than $130 million.

Film and TV crews hired 15,400 people in the state last year – not counting extras.

Among productions shot here are NBC’s lineup of dramas based in Chicago, as well as cable and streaming series “The Bear” and “Dark Matter.”

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