Well, a backdrop of tall corn silos isn’t quite as sexy and iconic as the Hollywood Sign, but desperate times call for desperate measures. 

 The state of Oklahoma is offering film and television productions such great financial incentives; many popular shows and movies are being filmed there now. 

The Governor of Oklahoma, Kevin Stitt, has signed a couple of bills into laws that have lured cameras, lights, directors, and actors to Oklahoma. 

The Fiscal Year 2021 Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate program was created under the Filmed in Oklahoma Act of 2021.  The program offers a rebate of up to 38% for projects that film in Oklahoma. 

But wait, there’s more.  Every production is eligible to receive 20% cashback if they film in rural counties or small towns. 

Productions can even get cash rebates of up to 25% for projects filmed outside Oklahoma that come to the state for editing and other post-production work. 

Requirements include a budget of at least $50K, and half of that has to be sent in Oklahoma on expenses like salaries and equipment rental. 

This program is creating real jobs in Oklahoma. The film and Music Office estimates the incentives in 2021 will create 10,218 jobs and pump the economy with $161.7 million.

33 film and television projects have come to Oklahoma, a staggering amount, and many of them are popular shows you might watch. 

Here’s a partial list:

Fx’s “Reservation Dogs”

Ambling Entertainment’s “Stillwater”

NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior”

“American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story”

Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of The Flower Moon” (starring Leonardo DiCaprio)

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