Creativity is prospering in Nova Scotia as revenues from the local film, television and new media industry increased by 12 per cent in 2006, generating $136 million. Local production activity made up the majority of the increase with three feature films, 14 television series and 15 television specials shot in the province. Nova Scotia productions garnered a total of 23 Gemini nominations, which resulted in seven wins this year. “The film, television and new media industry is a true success story placing Nova Scotia in Canada’s top four production centres,” said Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt. “The province’s investment in this dynamic industry has an immediate effect on our local small- to medium-sized businesses.” The province also played host to five visiting productions last year including the feature film Outlander, starring James Caviezel and television movies Wedding Wars, starring John Stamos and Eric Danes; Relative Chaos, starring Charisma Carpenter; Candles on Bay Street with Alicia Silverstone and Sea Change, the fourth installment in the popular Jesse Stone series featuring Tom Selleck. “Nova Scotia’s production community is an impressive mix of creativity, talent, experience and business skills,” said Ann MacKenzie, CEO of the Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation. “Aside from the superior film, television and new media projects being produced locally, the province’s depth of actors, crew and stunning locations have created an environment where guest productions want to film.” Halifax producer Chaz Thorne’s Poor Boy’s Game, starring Danny Glover, recently premiered to rave reviews at the Berlin Film Festival. Mr. Thorne has been busy, also producing Just Buried in 2006. Nova Scotia’s film industry has generated more than $100 million annually in the province for the past decade. The film industry contributes to the province’s economic and cultural prosperity and presents Nova Scotia on the national and international stage as a rich and vibrant community. “The success of Nova Scotia’s film, television and new media industry wouldn’t be possible without the support of the province,” said Bonnie Kirby, chair of the corporation’s board. “The Nova Scotia Film Industry Tax Credit is one of the most attractive financial incentives in Canada. Combined with the province’s infrastructure and solid base of talented, dependable employees, Nova Scotia really is a great place to do film business.” The Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation is a provincial Crown corporation reporting to the minister of economic development. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to build the capacity and competitiveness of the province’s film, television and new media industries.