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April 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

David Zurawik

Hoping to lure more TV and movie productions to the state, Maryland has increased the amount of tax incentives it is offering to studios from $1 million a year ago to $7.5 million this year. Writing in the Baltimore Sun, TV columnist David Zurawik observed today (Thursday) that the boost in incentives arrives “in time so that it could make a difference as to whether or not HBO decides to film its new political satire, VEEP, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, in Maryland — should the pilot that was filmed here be picked up as a series.” Zurawik observed that with only $1 million in incentive money, the state, once the home of such series as NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street and HBO’s The Wire, had seen productions going elsewhere. “Maryland had a hard time competing with states that had better packages to offer Hollywood producers,” he observed. But Jack Gerbes director of the Maryland Film Office, told the Sun: “The passage of this legislation will allow us to become more competitive in attracting productions to our state, create jobs for our film industry and generate economic activity for Maryland.”