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State Film Commissions Guide: New Jersey

By Indiewire | Indiewire July 15, 2013 at 12:55PM

State Film Commissions Guide: New Jersey

Essex County Courthouse
New Jersey State Film Commission Essex County Courthouse
What are some of the greatest financial perks of filming in your state? Lower sales tax

What tax credits are available for productions in your state? New Jersey currently offers these financial incentives to filmmakers, and the US Government has an incentive program as well:


New Jersey offers a tax credit in an amount equal to 20% of qualified production expenses, available to production companies meeting certain criteria, chiefly:

(1) At least 60% of the total expenses of a project, exclusive of post-production costs, will be incurred for services performed and goods used or consumed in New Jersey

(2) Principal photography of a project commences within 150 days after the approval of the application for the credit


New Jersey offers a 20% corporation business tax credit, for qualified expenses incurred by New Jersey technology companies involved with the production of digital media content.


Certain tangible property used directly and primarily in the production of
films and television programs is exempt from New Jersey's 7% sales tax.
This tangible property includes the purchase of replacement parts for
machinery, tools and other supplies, the purchase of lumber and hardware to
build sets, the rental of picture cars, the purchase or rental of other
types of props, and costs related to the repair of camera and lighting

What are some of the locations in your state that filmmakers should know about? Hoboken Train Station, Atlantic City boardwalk

Are there studios and soundstages that the state hosts that filmmakers should know about?

18 Label Studios
18 Label Street Contact: David Genova or Liz Sardinsky Email:
Montclair, NJ 07042 Tel: 973-744-7382 Fax:
County: Essex Site: Cell:

Backstage Productions, Inc.
61 Willett Street Contact: Randy Email:
Passiac, NJ 07055 Tel: 201-417-1841 Fax:
County: Passaic Site: Cell: 973-614-9572

Brick Studio, The
414 Raymond Blvd. Contact: John DeCola Email:
Newark, NJ 07105 Tel: 646-801-4449 Fax: 708-469-2194
County: Essex Site: Cell:

Butter Tree Studios
32 Merry Lane Contact: Anthony DeMaio Email:
East Hanover, NJ 07936 Tel: 973-585-7632 Fax:
County: Morris Site: Cell: 973-207-5590

Christine Findlay/Photo Graphic Arts
712 Sycamore Avenue (Tinton Falls) Contact: Christine Findlay Email:
Red Bank, NJ 07701-4920 Tel: 732-450-1010 Fax: 732-450-1060
County: Monmouth Site: Cell: 732-450-0711

1 CNBC Plaza, 900 Sylvan Ave Contact: Satpal Brainch Email:
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632 Tel: 201-735-2622 Fax: 201-735-3502
County: Bergen Site: Cell:

Dandana TV
87 W Passaic St Contact: Zenia Yazbek Email:
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662-3213 Tel: 201-518-1200 Fax: 201-880-0616
County: Bergen Site: Cell:

Doug Finley Photography
P.O. Box 725 Contact: Doug Finley Email:
Sparta, NJ 07871 Tel: 973-625-0700 Fax:
County: Sussex Site: Cell:

Four Star Studios
1950 Old Cuthbert Rd., Suite J Contact: Marvin Segel, Bob Freed Email:
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 Tel: 856-229-7092 Fax: 856-229-7159
County: Camden Site: Cell: 609-220-4100

Goraj Lighting and Studio, Inc.
2020 New Jersey Avenue Contact: Beverly Goraj, President Email:
Haddon Heights, NJ 08035-1023 Tel: 856-546-6578 Fax: 856-546-0205
County: Camden Site: Cell:

Henry Charles Motion Picture Studios
523 Plainfield Avenue Contact: Henry Charles Email:
Edison, NJ 08817-2529 Tel: 732-545-5104 Fax:
County: Middlesex Site: Cell:

Hill Theater Studio
35 West Broad Street Contact: John Burzichelli Email:
Paulsboro, NJ 08066 Tel: 856-423-8910 Fax: 856-224-0224
County: Gloucester Site: Cell:

Ironbound Film Studios
164 Delancy Street Contact: Peter Meister Email:
Newark, NJ 07105 Tel: 973-344-4242 Fax: 973-344-4220
County: Essex Site: Cell: 201-456-4754

Light House Inc., The
221 Evans Way, Suite C Contact: Gary Hahn Email:
Branchburg, NJ 08876 Tel: 800-721-6191 Fax: 908-253-3633
County: Somerset Site: Cell: 908-253-0011

Mark7 Studios
24 Meadowlands Parkway Contact: Margaret Peter Email:
Secaucus, NJ 07094 Tel: 888-627-5708 Fax: 1-800-670-8304
County: Hudson Site: Cell: 646-407-4812

MediaMix, Inc.
4 Pearl Court Contact: Joseph J. Vargas Email:
Allendale, NJ 07401 Tel: 888-563-3426 Fax: 201-262-3798
County: Bergen Site: Cell: 201-262-3700

MMC-Panasonic HDTV Studio
St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, 35 Getty Ave., Bldg. 400 Contact: John A. Riehl Email:
Paterson, NJ 07503 Tel: 973-754-4960 Fax: 973-754-4971
County: Passaic Site: www.mmcworldwide/ Cell:

Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue, Calcia Building Contact: Tony Pemberton, Associate Professor Email:
Montclair, NJ 07043 Tel: 973-655-7295 Fax: 973-655-7833
County: Essex Site: Cell: 973-655-7200

NFL Films
1 NFL Plaza Contact: Rick Angeli, Director of Sales/Lenise Green Email:
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054-1281 Tel: 856-222-5675 Fax: 856-866-4848
County: Burlington Site: Cell: 856-222-5675

Nightstand Studios
35 Montesano Rd Contact: Alex Fonseca, Randy Rossilli Email:
Fairfield, NJ 07004 Tel: 973-521-7289 Fax:
County: Essex Site: Cell: 201-407-0338

Park Performing Arts Center
560 32nd Street Contact: John Pen Lewis, Exec. Dir. Email:
Union City, NJ 07087 Tel: 201-865-6980, x11 Fax: 201-865-5339
County: Hudson Site: Cell:

Parlay Studios
161 2nd Street Contact: Cameron Zonfrilli Email:
Jersey CIty, NJ 07302 Tel: 201-459-9044 Fax:
County: Hudson Site: Cell:

Pharos Studios, Inc.
84 Carson Road Contact: Robert Hunsicker Email:
Princeton, NJ 08540-2208 Tel: 609-921-1588 Fax: 609-683-4393
County: Mercer Site: Cell:

Powerhouse Studios
49 East Midland Avenue Contact: Melanie Pellegrino Email:
Paramus, NJ 07652 Tel: 201-265-9060 Fax: 201-265-9067
County: Bergen Site: Cell: 201-243-1025

Prudential Television (Pru Productions)
213 Washington Street 6th floor Contact: Mark Chernichaw, VP Email:
Newark, NJ 07102-2992 Tel: 973-802-5336 Fax: 973-802-9552
County: Essex Site: Cell:

Rich Russo Photography, Inc.
85B Bassett Highway Contact: Rich Russo, John Russo Email:
Dover, NJ 07801 Tel: 973-620-9191 Fax:
County: Morris Site: Cell: 973-229-3661

Riverview Studios
1 The Waterfront Contact: Jim Parker Email:
Bordentown, NJ 08505 Tel: 800-892-4882 Fax: 609-291-0521
County: Burlington Site: Cell: 609-510-4336

Shamrock Communications
200 Tornillio Way, Suite 110 Contact: Pat Scanlon Email:
Tinton Falls, NJ 07712 Tel: 732-686-1140 Fax: 732-686-1148
County: Monmouth Site: Cell: 908-618-3282

Shoemake Photography
368 Powerville Road Contact: Allan Hunter Shoemake Email:
Boonton Township, NJ 07005 Tel: 973-299-6363 Fax: 973-299-8323
County: Morris Site: Cell: 973-727-0971

Tenmarc Building
430 Communipaw Avenue, Suite 3 Contact: Karl G. Tenn Email:
Jersey City, NJ 07304 Tel: 201-433-6553 Fax:
County: Hudson Site: Cell:

TriStar Products, Inc.
492 Route 46 East Contact: Chris Bonanno Email:
Fairfield, NJ 07004 Tel: 973-575-5400 x151 Fax: 973-575-6708
County: Essex Site: Cell:
19 Route 10 East, Bldg. 2, Unit 18 Contact: John Fedo Email:
Succasunna, NJ 07876 Tel: 973-898-9001 Fax: 973-898-4732
County: Morris Site: Cell:

Whitehall Studios
102 Elm Street Contact: Nadine Raphael Email:
Westfield, NJ 07090 Tel: 908-232-2182 Fax: 908-232-1995
County: Union Site: Cell: 908-723-1644

What can you tell us about talented labor in your state? Do you have robust union representation? Yes we do have a robust union representation.

What are some of the recent productions that produced films in your state? "The Dark Knight Rises," "Americas Got Talent"

What cities have their own film commissions in your state?  Canton, Tupelo

How many productions shot in your state last year? 871 projects - 2011

What should filmmakers do if they're interested in shooting a film in your state? Who should they contact if they have more questions?

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New Jersey State Film Commission Codey Ice Arena

Steven Gorelick
Executive Director
NJ Motion Picture and Television Commission
153 Halsey Street, 5th Floor
P.O. Box 47023
Newark, NJ 07101

Interested in the incentives offered by other state film commissions? Check out Indiewire's full guide to state film commissions HERE.

This article is related to: Filmmaker Toolkit, State Film Commissions Guide

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