The State of the Film Tax Credit in New Jersey

07.10.2019 Industry

With eager support Governor Phil Murphy reinstated the New Jersey Film Tax Credit Program in July 2018 – and it has since garnered wide support from film and television professionals across the state as well. The governor announced last month that the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Board approved four film and television productions for tax credits through the New Jersey Film and Digital Media Tax Credit Program.

New Jersey currently provides a 30-35% tax credit incentive for prodcutions in state, with an additional +2% diversity bonus for crews that comprise of at least 15 percent women and minorities.

“New Jersey has a rich history as the setting for hundreds of films and television shows,” said Governor Murphy. “Our diverse population and geography have long kept us on the short lists of studios and location scouts. The addition of this tax credit as well as our continued defense of progressive values put New Jersey on the cusp of becoming one of the premier locations in the nation.”

Below is a list of the ongoing/future projects shooting in NJ, courtsey of NJ Motion Picture and Television Comission:


A Nice Girl Like You (SPR Media LLC) –Atlantic City, Rutherford, Glen Ridge
Joker (WB Studio Enterprises) Jersey City, Newark
The Many Saints of Newark (Rose City Pictures, Inc./Warner Bros.) – Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Bloomfield
Chemical Hearts (Amazon) – Harrison, North Jersey
Army of the Dead (Netflix) – Atlantic City
The Atlantic City Story (The HKB Film Company LLC) – Atlantic City
West Side Story (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation) – Paterson, Newark
Listen (Listen Films LLC) – East Rutherford
Clifford The Big Red Dog (Paramount) – Newark
Gimme Liberty (Day 28 Films Liberty LLC) – Locations TBD


The Enemy Within (Universal Television LLC) – East Rutherford, Carlstadt, Cresskill, Englewood Cliffs, Caldwell, Montclair, Newark, Jersey City, Kearny, North Bergen, Paterson, Middletown
Lincoln (NBC/Universal) – East Rutherford (Izod Center) and North Jersey
Dream a.k.a. Little America (Apple TV+) – Rockleigh, Rutherford, Caldwell, Newark, Metuchen, Allamuchy
Emergence (ABC) – Montclair, Kearny, Passaic, Atlantic Highlands, Berkeley Twp.
The Plot Against America (HBO) – Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Englewood, West Orange
Hit & Run (Netflix) – North Jersey
Tommy (CBS) starring Edie Falco – Newark, Jersey City
Mrs. America (FX) – Hackensack, August
Black Girls Rock (Viacom International) – Newark, NJPAC
The Video Music Awards (MTV/Viacom) – Newark, Prudential Center [August 26th]

“The interest in the Film Tax Credit program has already been incredible, and we look forward to more and more productions shooting in New Jersey in the years to come,” said Steve Gorelick, Executive Director, New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission. “Along with the tax credit, filmmakers are taking notice of New Jersey’s highly-skilled workforce, diverse array of locations, and well-developed infrastructure. These resources will allow us to bring all the benefits of a thriving film industry to the Garden State.”

For the official statement from the office of Governor Phil Murphy, visit:

For questions regarding the program, please visit:
Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act – Q&A

For a list of FAQs see, Film Tax Credit Program – Frequently Asked Questions on the NJEDA website.

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