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VA Film Industry Employment up 15.7 Percent

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new state report says employment in Virginia's film industry has risen 15.7 percent since 2011.

The report also says the total economic impact of 11 recent film and television projects topped $139 million. The projects included Stephen Spielberg's "Lincoln" and the television pilot "Company Town" for CBS.

The report released Thursday says these projects spent $66.4 million in the state and received $11.8 million in incentives.

The report also says that $11.80 was returned to Virginia's economy for every incentive dollar that was provided.

Gov. Bob McDonnell says in a news release that the findings demonstrate the positive results of a targeted film incentive program.

In 2010, Virginia enhanced its film incentive program to attract film and television products.

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