Pittsburgh film industry on hold, leaving thousands without jobs and $170 million revenue loss

PITTSBURGH — The film industry brought more than $500 million to Pennsylvania in 2019, but with productions on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, film crews in Pittsburgh are out of work.

Thousands of people in the industry have been without jobs for months.

Pittsburgh is ranked No. 5 in the country for film production, according to FILMLA. The Pittsburgh Film Office said the shutdown has had a trickle-down effect to the southwestern Pa. economy – a $170 million loss this year.

While some TV commercials are in production right now in the city, film work is not – leaving some crews in limbo.

The Pittsburgh Film Office told Channel 11 three TV shows, one on Showtime and two on Netflix, were scheduled to be shot in Pittsburgh in 2020.

But for now, that is not going to happen.

Source: Pittsburgh film industry on hold, leaving thousands without jobs and $170 million revenue loss

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