Marvel's 'Inhumans' TV production could be big jobs boost

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - More jobs for Hawaii's economy, all thanks to another TV production set to be produced here in the islands.

That was the message from state officials on Wednesday as they officially announced that Marvel's Inhumans, set to air on ABC, will be shot on Oahu.

The state's Creative Industries Division says it is upbeat about the new show and the new jobs it brings but also have their fingers crossed that an important tax credit gets extended.

"I'm so excited about this. I mean, the production year this year is crazy good," said Georja Skinner, who runs the office.

And playing a leading role in securing the new series, as well as others before it, is the state's generous tax credit, which helps lower the cost of production for television shows and feature films.

"They can afford the beauty of the destination. They can afford to showcase Hawaii as 5-0 does so well," Skinner said.

The state's expanded production tax credit, now known as Act 88/89, is set to expire in 2019. Skinner hopes lawmakers will extend it for another 5 years during this year's legislative session, in order to help Hawaii stay competitive in Hollywood.

"You will see a destination get aced out, because even if its written for Hawaii, they may shoot it in Puerto Rico, so we don't want that to happen," said Skinner. "That's why the tax credit is critical."

With the tax credit comes jobs creation for the state ... lots of them.

"A television series, for example, in general terms -- a 22 episode series -- will probably hire 250 [people] at a base level, but then looking at your crew, beyond the crew, looking at cast, will expand anywhere from 1,100 to 2,000."

According to the state's Department of Business, those 2,000 will create an additional 1,400 "induced," or trickle-down jobs, for the economy.

"Working in Hawaii is like no place else on Earth," said Jeff Loeb, the head of Marvel Television. "Our production has been treated to a visual feast."

The movie and TV tax credit bill, which is now making its way through the legislature, also requires that tax credit recipients hire a cultural expert to help instruct the crew as to what's acceptable or not acceptable in Hawaii.

Inhumans premieres this September in IMAX theaters before becoming a weekly series in the fall.

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