PG County Hopes to Sell Chinese Investors on Film Studio
With hopes and dreams of making it big in the movies, Prince George's County isn't heading west to Tinseltown, it's looking east. Far east. County executive Rushern Baker III, whom we snapped in 2013, is leading a delegation to China to seek investors for a $125M film and television studio planned in the county. If Rushern and his economic development deputies are successful, they expect the studio to create more than 1,400 jobs, and capitalize on the boom of DC-based shows like House of Cards and Veep. Those are both shot in Baltimore and take advantage of the Maryland Film Tax Incentive program. PG County says "the region currently lacks the necessary infrastructure to support additional productions." Considering China is one of the world's largest consumers of entertainment, this suburban jurisdiction is hoping its appetite for movies will lead to dollars.