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Published on February 22, 2024
Fort Worth Celebrates $655 Million Economic Boost from Thriving Film Industry Since 2015Source: City of Fort Worth

Filmmakers have found a stage in Fort Worth as the local Film Commission has rolled out big numbers. In a report to the city council on Tuesday, Jessica Christopherson, Fort Worth's Film Commissioner, revealed a whopping $655 million economic impact on the city since the commission's inception in 2015. This cinematic boom has created more than 20,000 jobs, Christopherson told the council members, as reported by the City of Fort Worth.

"Film is a very collaborative business and we like to bring the Fort Worth community together as much as possible," Christopherson said, as per the City of Fort Worth. Her remarks point to a thriving industry, where Tarrant County has become the fourth among Texas counties in terms of the number of projects, with the local economy reaping a 1:5 return on investments in local productions. This cascade of economic benefits touches various sectors, from hospitality to equipment rentals.

Meanwhile, Fort Worth is earning plaudits for its industry-friendly approach. Last year, the city received accolades as the most film-friendly and proactive city in Texas, a title bestowed by Olsberg SPI, a global film industry consultant. High-profile projects like Taylor Sheridan's "1883" and "Yellowstone" have not only shone a spotlight on the city but have also drummed up tourism, the film commissioner elaborated in her city council update.

Fort Worth's ambitious Film Commission isn't just resting on its laurels. Looking forward, it aims to foster new talents and cement relationships within the industry. It has leveraged local education, partnering with Tarrant County College and 101 Studios on a certification program designed to grow the local workforce, Christopherson informed. Furthermore, the city's status as a Media Production Development Zone secures state sales tax exemptions, a lure for major productions such as "Landman," the forthcoming series starring Billy Bob Thornton and Demi Moore, currently shooting in the area.

The lure of the silver screen and television has tangible benefits for Fort Worth, and if the numbers are to be believed, the credits aren't rolling anytime soon for this industry success story.