Motion Picture Studio Complex Coming to Panama
Tuesday, June 12 2012 @ 10:00 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Tedesco took Mark Wahlberg’s action movie Contraband to shoot in the country last winter. “Panama City is such a modern and sophisticated place for basing actors and crew,” said Tedesco. “But what really sets Panama apart as a location for a studio, aside from its infrastructure, its proximity to the United States and its use of the US Dollar, is the jaw dropping variety of looks found in the country, allowing a Producer to replicate everything from New York to Los Angeles, as well as classic Caribbean architecture, lush jungles and rivers.”, he added.
The group is teaming up with the Panama Film Commission, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Panama International Film Festival and the National Film Association (Asocine) to promote Panama internationally. “We realized the economic potential and the touristic and cultural impact the film industry could have in our country,” said Panama film commissioner Arianne Benedetti. “That’s why we recently created a film festival, passed a law with financial incentives for film production, and we are going to fully support a studio project. We’re the new kid on the film block and we welcome the world’s film community to be part of our journey.” (hollywoodreporter.com)