The Union County Motion Picture & Television Advisory Board was created to promote economic development through collaboration with the film and television industry in Union County, New Jersey.
The Advisory Board consists of industry professionals, local stakeholders, and community volunteers. The Board acts as a resource hub and facilitating body for film and television productions in Union County’s 21 municipalities, and as a liaison with the New Jersey State Film Commission and the New Jersey Film Ready program.
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Municipal governments in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, and Union Counties are invited to participate in a one-day workshop, the first step towards certification.
Representatives will receive training and guidance from industry professionals, local mayors and NJMPTVC Commissioners and staff, and learn about the economic impact of hosting on-location filming, ordinances and permitting, opportunities for small businesses, and the expanding infrastructure.
Why film in Union County?
Location: Union County is a short distance from all five boroughs of New York City, and is located between two of the nation’s premium media markets, Metro New York and Philadelphia.
Financial Benefits: New Jersey’s tax incentive provides a tax credit of 35%. Additional credits may also apply. For details visit Film Ready New Jersey.
Variety of Settings: The 21 municipalities of Union County represent a wide range of time periods and settings, including carefully preserved historical sites dating back to the Colonial era. Bustling cities, lush suburbs, and rugged wildlife habitats are all part of the mosaic of life in Union County.
Experience: Our County and local governments have gained a body of experience in working with film and television productions through the years, and the Advisory Board brings additional knowledge in location scouting, law enforcement, government, and local business.
In 2022, the following productions filmed in Union County:
Dumb Money, Pete Davidson (Cranford)
Wu Tang: An American Saga (Elizabeth)
Walking Dead (Plainfield and Union)
Smile, Sosie Bacon (Elizabeth)
A Good Person, Morgan Freeman (Elizabeth)
Bros, Billy Eichner (Cranford)
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Meet the Board
- Rebecca Williams
- Ed Oatman
- Amy Wagner
- Kelly Martins
- JP Varady
- Edwin Gomez
- Ellen Chase
- Pamela Morgan
- Lamar Mackson
Non Voting Members
- Samantha Perez-Gora
- Robert Charkowsky
- David Pilmenstein
- Anna Sims Phillips
- Anthony Catania
- Anthony Davis