Utah Film Commission today announced the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Board approval of seven new productions for state film incentives, generating an estimated economic impact of $25 million and creating approximately 800 local jobs. These projects were approved for the Motion Picture Incentive Program and showcase the diversity of film production in the state. 

Two of the productions are slated for distribution on streaming platforms, including the comedy series, ‘Highsail’ will be filmed in and around Salt Lake County starting in July. ‘The Real Housewives of the North Pole’, a holiday comedy, will also be shooting in July and is a film slated to be distributed by Netflix. 

A Hallmark Channel production, ‘Love on the Pecan Farm’ from the same producer of ‘Love Fall & Order’ will start filming this month across the state in Washington, Wasatch, and Salt Lake counties. In addition, ‘The Last Police’, a pilot from 20th Television, will begin shooting in the Fall around Salt Lake County. 

The other three productions are feature films that will begin production this summer, including ‘Sick’, a  thriller from Miramax currently filming in and around Weber County. In addition, ‘California King’ is an  independent comedy from the producers of ‘The Wolf of Snow Hollow’ that will begin shooting in July  and the ‘Untitled DNA Project’ is another comedy for Electric Entertainment that will be shooting in Salt  Lake and Utah counties starting in August. “2021 will be a busy summer for film production in Utah,” commented Virginia Pearce, Utah Film Commission director. “We are thrilled to be working with Miramax, Netflix, 20th Television, and others to highlight Utah’s cinematic locations and professional crew. Productions filmed in the state have both a creative and an economic impact, particularly those filmed in rural communities, which supports our mission to encourage production and grow our film industry.”

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About the Utah Film Commission

As a part of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Utah Film Commission markets the entire state as a destination for film, television and commercial production by promoting the use of professional local crew & talent, support services, Utah locations and the Motion Picture Incentive Program. The office also serves as liaison to the film industry, facilitating production needs across the state.

Thousands of productions have been filmed in Utah, including ‘Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid’, ‘Thelma & Louise’, and ‘127 Hours’, to list a few. Many episodic series have also been filmed in Utah, such as ‘Yellowstone’, ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ and ‘Westworld’.

For more information, visit film.utah.gov.

Photo courtesy of the Utah Film Commission.