Could Virginia become the next production hub for Netflix?

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One of the largest content creators in the world is looking at the Commonwealth as a possible production hub. 

In a letter sent to Governor Ralph Northam, Netflix executives stated that Virginia’s creative and technical talent has made it an attractive location to expand the streaming giant’s production operations.  

However, the letter, dated April 16, cites the state’s current production tax incentive legislation and lack of infrastructure as to why it’s currently not a viable option.

“Strong government support for a competitive state production incentive program could entice Netflix to consider shifting production activity to the state on a long-term basis,” the letter states, which was signed by Ty Warren, Netflix’s vice president of physical production, and Ted Sarandos, chief content officer. 

The Governor’s office, Netflix, nor the Virginia Film Office could immediately be reached for comment. 

Netflix is not the only content creator that wants in on Virginia’s growing film industry. 

Virginia Beach native, musician, producer, and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams recently hosted 70 state and regional leaders to discuss bringing the growing global industry to the Commonwealth. 

Williams says several major media companies have already expressed interest, including Illumination Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Endeavor and 20th Century Fox.

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