CT Governor M. Jodi Rell announced a 61-acre plot in South Windsor near the junction of Interstate 291 and Route 5 as the future site of a high-tech film studio creating potentially more than 100 permanent jobs and as many as 1,500 production jobs. Rell quoted in a recent press release that “Hollywood has ‘discovered’ Connecticut – and they like what they see. Our commitment to smart, targeted investment in the industry is helping to bring business – and jobs – at a time when we need them most. Film and TV studios not only bring production jobs, they mean work for everyone from carpenters to caterers – and they have the potential to be major tourist attractions as well. From every camera angle, this project has the potential to be a winner for Connecticut.”
Connecticut Studios LLC, a partnership between California-based Pacifica Ventures LLC and Rhode Island-based Halden Acquisition Group, plans to invest approximately $65 million to build eight sound stages totaling 150,000 square feet, four office buildings totaling 75,000 square feet, a visitor center and an additional 100,000 square feet of storage. Connecticut offers a tax credit of 20 percent on infrastructure costs exceeding $1 million. CT’s filmography includes War of the Worlds, Confessions of a Shopaholic, and Yours, Mine and Ours among scores of others.