Two HBO Series to Begin Production in Utah: Productions Plan to Spend Over $11 Million in the State

The Utah Film Commission is pleased to announce that the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Board has approved two new cable series for state film incentives.

The HBO series West World was approved for a maximum tax credit of $461,948. Created by Jonathan Nolan, whose previous writing credits include Interstellar and The Dark Knight will also be directing episodes. A remake of the 1973 Michael Crichton film, the series stars Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood and Ed Harris. The majority of the production in Utah will take place in Moab and the surrounding area, spending an estimated $1.8 million.

Mosaic, the second HBO series authorized today is estimated to spend over $10 million in the state. The GOED board approved the production for a maximum tax credit of $2,591,335. Steven Soderbergh whose previous credits include Contagion, Ocean’s Eleven, and Erin Brockovich, is the series creator and director.

 “We are pleased to have worked closely with HBO to bring these projects to Utah,” said Utah Film Commission Director Virginia Pearce.  “Both productions will create additional jobs and generate a positive impact on the Utah economy. This is especially significant when the economic impact happens in rural parts of the state, as it will for West World.”

West World began filming their pilot episode last September in Moab and will return there for episodic shooting this October. Mosaic will also begin principal photography this October.

About the Utah Film Commission
As a part of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Utah Film Commission serves as liaison to the film industry as it facilitates production across the entire State of Utah for film, television, and commercial productions by promoting local professional industry crew, talent and services.

Over 900 films have been produced in Utah including 127 Hours, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, Forrest Gump, Lone Ranger, High School Musical and the television series Touched by an Angel. ABC Studios recently chose Utah as the location for the ground-breaking new television series, Blood and Oil.

The Utah Film Commission has seven regional offices – Kane County, Utah Valley, Washington County, Ogden, Park City, Heber Valley and Moab.

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