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The second annual InvestMaryland Challenge is in full swing. If your business is in need of a jump start, check out this site for more information about the national business competition. The Challenge offers applicants free admission to networking events, social media promotion, scoring and feedback from judges, exposure to venture capital firms and angel investors and the chance to compete for more than $600,000 in prizes. Winners of the Life Sciences, IT, Cybersecurity and General Industry categories will each win $100,000 awards. Others will take home smaller grants, incubator space, consulting services and other cash and in-kind prizes. Applications are due by Dec. 6.

Judges include a distinguished lineup of industry leaders and experts in a variety of fields. Meet a selection of judges below.

Meet The Judges:

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ROBB DOUB

Robb Doub joined New Markets Venture Partners in 2003. Robb is the lead administrative partner and serves as a board director for eCoast Sales Solutions and Appfluent Technology, and is lead partner or board observer for K2 Global, Kroll Bond Ratings, Navtrak, Three Stage Media, CSA Medical and TidalTV. He also serves on the board of Egeen International and the Conflicts Advisory Board of the off-shore hedge funds.

IT-daphneDufresneDAPHNE DUFRESNE

Daphne Dufresne joined RLJ Equity Partners from Parish Capital Advisors, where she was a Venture Partner managing the direct investment and co-investment program. Formerly, Ms. Dufresne was a Principal at Weston Presidio Capital with $3.4 billion of assets under management. She also served as Associate Director in the Bank of Scotland’s Structured Finance Group. Ms. Dufresne received her B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

LS_Christy_W_WyskielCHRISTY WILLIAMS WYSKIEL

Christy Williams Wyskiel is an entrepreneur and investor with 20 years of experience focused on the life sciences and healthcare industries. Previously, Christy was Managing Director at Maverick Capital, an equity hedge fund with $12 billion under management. She co-founded GrayBug, an ophthalmic drug-delivery company. In 2012, Christy joined the Johns Hopkins Alliance, a board charged with evaluating the commercial viability of research projects at JHU.

CS_Frederick_FerrerFREDERICK J. FERRER

Frederick J. Ferrer has over three decades of experience in the National Security, Intelligence Community (IC), Homeland Defense and Cyber. Mr. Ferrer holds a Master’s of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University and serves in a number of leadership capacities, including the Maryland Commission on Cybersecurity Innovation and Excellence; National STEM Consortium Advisory Committee; and Chesapeake Regional Tech Council.

GEN_Deb_TillettDEBORAH TILLETT

As the Executive Director and President of the Emerging Technology Center in Baltimore, Ms. Tillett is responsible for management of budgetary, administrative, programmatic functions and strategic planning. Prior to joining ETC, Ms. Tillett served as president and co-founder of Immersive 3D, LLC, a technology start-up providing web-based 3D computer gaming solutions for K-20 education and offering contract-based technology services.

See the full list of judges and submit your application on InvestMarylandChallenge.org.

New Grand Prix of Baltimore logo

The Grand Prix of Baltimore is a “Celebration of Acceleration.”

Less than seven months before city streets are transformed into a 12-turn, two-mile IndyCar racetrack, Grand Prix of Baltimore planners are drumming up excitement with a new logo and tagline.

The former “Festival of Speed” will now be known as a “Celebration of Acceleration.” The new tagline is accompanied by an enhanced website and social media presence, as well as a new logo with “cleaner graphic
elements for improved legibility and reproduction,” race planners announced this week in a statement.

“We’re pleased to introduce a new look and feel for the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT,” stated Debbie Bell, vice president of sales and marketing for Race On, which is promoting the event. “Our Celebration of Acceleration tagline perfectly captures the spirit of the event, and our redesigned website is the ideal platform to keep fans up to speed on Grand Prix details as they are announced.”

The third annual race is scheduled for Labor Day weekend, between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1.

by Kate McMillan, Maryland State Arts Council

When it comes to leveraging the arts to stimulate the economy, the diverse regions of Maryland present different challenges and opportunities. In 2001, Maryland pioneered a statewide arts and entertainment district program that empowers Maryland localities with a set of tax incentives to encourage artists, arts organizations, and other creative enterprises to locate in a targeted area.

“In 2001, communities were eager to use arts  to attract new business, revitalize their downtowns, and create more livable, sustainable neighborhoods,” said Theresa Colvin, Executive Director of the Maryland State Arts Council. “The A&E District Program is a proven tool  for supporting jobs and enhancing the quality of life in local communities through the arts.”

Gateway Arts & Entertainment District

Six Arts & Entertainment (A&E) Districts began operation under a 10-year designation in 2002. Since then, 13 additional Maryland A&E Districts have been added and designations for the Gateway and Silver Spring A&E Districts were recently granted 10-year extensions.

This month, the arts council released a study that found A&E Districts supported more than 1,600 jobs and nearly $50 million in wages on average every year between fiscal 2008 and 2010. The study also shows that the districts supported an average of $147.3 million in state gross domestic product (GDP) those years, and a total tax revenue impact of approximately $37.6 million during the same period.

“Each A&E District has a unique identity,” said Pamela Dunne, A&E Districts Program Director at the MSAC, “rural and metropolitan districts have very different assets and opportunities, needs and challenges, but both can benefit from A&E designation.”

Cambridge Arts & Entertainment District

Rural districts like Cambridge or Frederick often use A&E designation incentives to complement historic preservation and community revitalization plans, create affordable live and work spaces for artists and establish marketable tourist destinations. Metropolitan districts like Bethesda or Baltimore’s Station North are often home to large cultural institutions that anchor redevelopment, jobs and other opportunities in the cultural sector and beyond.  All of Maryland’s A&E Districts boast festivals, public art, galleries and performances that brighten and unite communities.

“A&E districts are lively and desirable places to live and work which creates a ‘spillover effect’ that attracts an array of businesses that are not necessarily related to the arts,” said Tina Benjamin of the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development.

Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District

Two new A&E districts are under consideration and four districts—Bethesda, Cumberland, Hagerstown and Station North—are up for designation renewals  this year. The program will continue to help more Maryland communities harness the power of the creative sector to maximize local economic impact. The recent study shows that beyond improving quality of life, A&E Districts are powerful economic drivers in Maryland’s modern economy.

by Amanda Winters, Office of the Secretary

Baltimoreans may once again be seeing stars.   

Award-winning actors, filmmakers and film crews will soon descend on several locations in and around the Baltimore area to film the Netflix series House of Cards. Originally broadcast by the BBC in 1990, the political thriller starring Kevin Spacey and directed by David Fincher, who also directed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network, is being rewritten to fit Washington, D.C. as the backdrop.  With Baltimore’s vast inventory of locations and architecture, the City is able to easily transform into the nation’s capital with a touch of film magic. Production starts this spring and will continue into the fall.

It’s been a busy year for film crews in and around Baltimore. Over the past year, two highly anticipated HBO productions have wrapped and are on their way to premiering.  The first season of VEEP, a political satire series starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the Vice President of the United States, will begin on Sunday, April 22.  Game Change, a film following Ed Harris as John McCain and Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin on their race to the White House, will premiere on HBO on Saturday, March 10.

Julianne Moore and Ed Harris starring in Game Change

 

“These recent productions mean jobs for Maryland film crews and actors, revenue for Maryland businesses, and economic activity for our State,” said Maryland Film Office Director Jack Gerbes.

Season one of House of Cards, consisting of 13 episodes, is a dramatic boost for Maryland’s film business. This production is Netflix’s first venture into one-hour drama programming. 

Gerbes says the move by Netflix is a strong one.  “They are making this move into original hour-long dramatic programming with an amazing array of talent.  I can’t recall another production that has shot in Maryland that has had so many Oscar, Golden Globe, and Emmy winners attached.” 

Last quarter, Netflix raked in more than two billion hours of streamed video.  According to industry publications, both Netflix and HBO bid for the series, with Netflix taking the win. They currently have about 24 million subscribers.

The state’s newly enacted Film Production Employment Act, signed by Governor Martin O’Malley last May, was instrumental in securing the Media Rights Capital production for Maryland. 

by Christine Hansen for MDBizMedia

The Pride of Baltimore II sets sail this weekend to promote Maryland's important contributions to the War of 1812 and the penning of the Star Spangled Banner.

Maryland’s sailing ambassador, Pride of Baltimore II, will embark on a five month voyage to the East Coast, Canada and Great Lakes ports, stopping at over 25 ports promoting Maryland’s important contributions to the War of 1812 and the penning of the Star Spangled Banner.

Visitors can stop by the Inner Harbor to see the ship and the War of 1812/Star-Spangled 200 dockside exhibits.

Today and through Sunday, May 29, visitors can stop by the Inner Harbor to see the ship and the War of 1812/Star-Spangled 200 dockside exhibits, before it embarks on its journey inviting everyone to “Discover America in Maryland.”

“As we gear up to commemorate the War of 1812 Bicentennial, our maritime ambassador, The Pride II, will promote Maryland as a tourism destination around the nation and around the world,” said Secretary Johansson.

In March, Maryland officials unveiled a 7-foot scale model replica of The Pride of Baltimore II.  The replica will be on permanent display in the Baltimore Visitor Center while the schooner travels across the globe promoting Maryland and Baltimore as the destination for the Bicentennial Celebrations for the War of 1812.

The Pride of Baltimore II was launched and commissioned in 1988 as a sailing memorial to the original Pride of Baltimore, which sunk in 1986 by a white squall off Puerto Rico. For 22 years, the 157 foot long schooner has traveled the globe, visiting more than 200 ports in 40 countries, logging over 250,000 nautical miles. In 2010 Pride II visited 26 ports, welcoming more than 91,000 visitors aboard.  Weighing in at 185.5 tons, the schooner is equipped with 12 crew members.

The Pride II sets sail this weekend and will visit more than 25 ports this summer.

Maryland has partnered with the U.S. Navy and others to launch the Pride Sail in 2011 and 2012 to send The Baltimore Pride II to port cities in the U.S., Canada and Europe to help promote the War of 1812 Bicentennial and the Star Spangled Banner celebrations.  The June 2012 national bicentennial launch in Maryland is expected to bring 1.5 million people to the Inner Harbor, generate more than $100 million in direct expenditures and generate approximately 2,100 jobs.

The Pride II will be offering daysails through May 29.  Tickets are $45 for adults and $30 for children.  More information on the Pride Sail II and its sailing schedule can be found on its website: www.pride2.org.

Organizers of Maryland 9/11 Memorial Reveal Renderings

by Christine Hansen for MDBizMedia 

Artist's rendering of the 9/11 Memorial of Maryland that will be constructed in front of the World Trade Center.


A memorial for the 63 Maryland victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is under development by the State of Maryland which plans to complete installation by the 10th anniversary of this solemn occasion.  Today, Ziger/Snead the design firm retained by the Maryland 9/11 Memorial Advisory Committee released renderings for the project before the Baltimore Public Art Commission.

These twisted steel beams from the New York Twin Towers will serve as the focal point to the Memorial.

On September 11, 2011, a dedication ceremony will be held to unveil the memorial containing the steel beam artifact from the twin towers and limestone from the Pentagon crash site.  Situated in front of Baltimore’s World Trade Center – in solidarity and homage to the twin towers at New York’s World Trade Center – the Memorial will be viewed by the thousands of pedestrians who pass by or visit each day.

Rand Griffin, CEO of Corporate Office Properties Trust and Chair of the 9/11 Memorial of Maryland Advisory Committee, was part of a small group who selected the artifact.  The Committee has been tasked by the Governor to spearhead the design, development and fundraising for the Maryland memorial.

Griffin explained how the members of the Commission selected the artifact and how the memorial came to be.

“Artifacts from the twin towers are stored in hangars at JFK airport in New York.  Maryland was the first after New York state to request an artifact,” he said.  “We were looking for something that showed the force of the event – something that was impactful and awe-inspiring.”

Steel beams from the New York Twin Towers were delivered to Maryland for a 9/11 Memorial site in November.

Delivered to the State in a ceremony held in November, the 22-feet long artifact is composed of three steel beams that are bound together and twisted.  The steel artifact will serve as the focal point of the Memorial.

“It’s a very significant memorial and extremely moving piece,” Griffin said.

Created by Ziger/Snead Architects, the Memorial not only honors the sacrifice, heroism and commitment of Maryland’s 9/11 victims, rescuers, first responders and their families, but also honors the passing of time and represents the milestone moments affiliated with the day.

“The challenge was to create an environment that allowed the power of the artifact to resonate. You feel the tragedy of that day through the surface of this twisted steel column and you see how transformed it is from its original position.  The strength of the artifact really lies in its transformation from the vertical to the horizontal. It literally changed it and changed us,” Steve Ziger, lead architect for the memorial, said.

The shadows created by the Baltimore World Trade Center will reflect the times of the events on the tragic day.

Using the shadows created by the World Trade Center and the artifacts obtained, the memorial will incorporate a sundial reflecting the times of the events that morning ten years ago.  The shadows of the World Trade Center will cross inscriptions, with the names of the victims of those tragedies, at the time the events occurred.

“The site is to the North of the World Trade Center in Baltimore and the building itself stands alone on the harbor and casts a solitary shadow that tracks along the plaza.  We placed the Memorial strategically in that shadow to mark the events of that day – from the first strike to the last event of the day,” Ziger said.

The 9/11 Memorial of Maryland will also include an exhibit within the Top of the World observation level on the 27th floor of the Trade Center and feature artifacts from all three sites.

Construction of the memorial is expected to begin in June.  The dedication ceremony is scheduled for September 11, 2011 at the Baltimore World Trade Center.  Details on the ceremony will be released at a later date.  Information on the memorial and how to donate can be found on the memorial website.

by Christine Hansen for MDBizMedia

Ocean City, Maryland is one of the state's premier vacation spots.

The month of May kicks off the start of summer travel and vacations, and with that means billions of dollars being spent.  A May 2010 Harris Poll found that 66 percent of Americans planned to take a summer vacation in 2010, and travel experts say that despite rising gas prices, more Americans are willing to travel this year than previous years.

This week marks National Tourism Week, a national recognition that promotes the power of travel. For many states, tourism is a major factor in its economic health. According to the U.S. Travel Association, travel and tourism is one of America’s largest industries, generating $1.8 trillion in economic output.

The same is true on the state level – travel and tourism is one of the largest economic drivers for a state and plays a significant role in the state’s economic health.  Visitors to Maryland spend billions of dollars at hotels, restaurants and attractions, help support jobs and save taxpayers money.

Economic data for calendar year 2010 is due out soon, but in calendar year 2009, 29 million visitors came to Maryland, spending $13.6 billion at hotels, restaurants and attractions, generating approximately $1.6 billion in state and local taxes, and supporting 134,000 jobs for Marylanders.   Maryland has seen a 15 percent growth since 2007, outperforming national and international travel trends.

“Maryland’s tourism industry is showing solid signs of recovery.  Tourism industry tax collections statewide are up 9 percent from last year; they are growing twice as fast as all other sales taxes,” Margot Amelia, Executive Director of the Maryland Office of Tourism Development said.

A young girl enjoys the activities at Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

With approximately 20.4 million visitors a year, Baltimore City is the number one attraction in Maryland.  Baltimore City’s Inner Harbor is the most well-known attraction in the State after the Chesapeake Bay, housing attractions like the National Aquarium, Harborplace, and the Maryland Science Center. The development of Harbor East has expanded the attractions for Inner Harbor visitors, with more shops and restaurants to visit.

The National Aquarium in Baltimore has been attracting visitors to Baltimore since 1981.

Since its opening in 1981, the National Aquarium has attracted an average of 1.5 million visitors per year.  The Aquarium showcases a number of exhibits, featuring more than 16,500 animals from land and sea. It will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this August, adding to its already long list of events and attractions.

“For thirty years, we really have been an active part of the tourism scene and we feel like we have done everything we could to contribute to the attractiveness and tourism community in Baltimore and in Maryland,” Kathleen Sher, Deputy Director of External Affairs for the Aquarium said.

“During our peak season – June, July and August – about 70 percent of visitors are coming from out of state,” she said.

Sher says the Aquarium contributes approximately $160 million tourism dollars a year to the State.

Ocean City, the second most popular tourist place in Maryland, sees 8 million visitors a year, with most coming in the summer months. The beach town is home to 193 restaurants, 15 golf courses, and a three-mile boardwalk.

Ocean City has been selected to host this year’s Dew Tour, which will be held July 21-24.  The event will be televised nationally and will bring in hoards of elite skateboarders and BMX bikers.  The beach town is also home to the White Marlin Open, the world’s largest fishing tournament.  This year, the tournament takes place August 8 through 12.

As head of the State Tourism Development Board, Greg Shockley, owner of Shenanigans Irish Pub in Ocean City, says that even with a slow economy, people are willing to travel.

Ocean City's Boardwalk draws in 8 million visitors a year.

“I have been on the Boardwalk for 24 years now and I have seen a lot of things change.  People used to come here for a week or two weeks, and would book their next year’s vacation before leaving.  But now it’s a bit more fluid, people are booking three to four days at a time,” Shockley said.

Maryland has bucked trends and has continued to see increases in tourism dollars, despite tough times, and experts say that there is a “pent-up need for travel after a rough economy in 2008 and 2009.”  In its most recent issue, Advertising Age reported that 95% of people still planned to travel as much or more in 2011 as they did in 2010.

“People are looking for deals, and are very conscious of price.  In the past three years, we have seen that people will still vacation no matter how bad the economy is. They may knock a day out of their stay or spend less on dining, but they are still going on vacations,” Shockley said.

The latest edition of Destination Maryland, Maryland’s official guide to travel in the State, features hundreds of things to do in Maryland.  Free copies of the book, as well as discount cards, can be ordered online at www.visitmaryland.org or by calling 1-877-333-4455.

by Christine Hansen for MDBizMedia

Tomorrow is the start of the 13th Annual Maryland Film Festival, Maryland’s four-day event showcasing top-notch films from all over the world. Each year, the festival presents approximately 50 feature and 75 short films to tens of thousands of audience members.

Jed Dietz, Director of the festival, expects to sell over 20,000 seats to this year’s films and says that there really is a film for everyone’s taste.

“There is a tremendous variety of films being shown – documentaries, narratives, animation, experimental – we go from shorts to documentaries to features with known people, to features with new talent.  Some of these features are filmed literally all over the world.  There really is something for everyone,” Dietz said.

One of the four Filipino women who were recruited to teach in Baltimore City schools from the documentary "The Learning." Photo courtesy of Maryland Film Festival.

This year, the festival will feature two documentaries exploring the Baltimore City school system.  The first, The Learning by Ramona Diaz, a Baltimore based-filmmaker, follows four Filipino teachers in their first year of teaching in Baltimore City and the sacrifices they make after they leave their families behind to become instrumental in America’s education reform policy, No Child Left Behind.

The second film, Cafeteria Man by Richard Chisolm, chronicles the efforts of Tony Geraci to replace over-processed unhealthy foods with locally grown, freshly made meals for 83,000 Baltimore City school students.

Each year in partnership with the Sundance Labs, the Maryland festival supports two filmmakers through the Maryland Filmmakers Fellowship.  This year, Andrew Opeakha Maclean was selected for his movie On the Ice, a coming-of-age story of two teenage boys growing up in the arctic landscape of Barrow, Alaska.  The entire movie was filmed on site in Alaska.

A still from the movie "On the Ice" by Andrew Opeakha Maclean. The movie was filmed in Barrow, Alaska. Photo courtesy of Maryland Film Festival.

A still from "Restless City" - a tale of African immigrants living in tumultuous New York City. Photo courtesy of Maryland Film Festival.

Andrew Dosunmu, an immigrant from Nigeria, was also supported through the fellowship for his film Restless City, a movie that takes viewers into the world of African immigrants living in the rough and disorderly streets of New York City.

Both films were also featured at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Maryland filmmaker John Waters also selects and hosts the screening of a film each year.  This year, Waters has chosen Domaine, a coming-of-age film set in France.

For film goers with short attention spans, the festival offers a number of shorts – with the first set of shorts being shown on opening night and hosted by Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post. Last year, MDBizMedia checked out the funny shorts and loved Receive Bacon, a 90 second film about a bawdy bathroom union that goes wrong after the woman gets the case of the giggles.

In the short "Receive Bacon", a woman gets a case of the laughs after seeing this on the bathroom hand dryer.

“What’s great about the festival is not only is there a variety of films that aren’t on the market, but film goers get to interact with filmmakers. We have cast members attending, directors and cinematographers, so you get to really interact with the people who make the movies,” Dietz said.

Although the economic impact hasn’t been quantified, Dietz says the four-day festival brings visitors from all over the world. Last year, the festival sold out 18 screenings and Dietz expects to see a similar result this year.

“I know from other film festivals that these are overwhelming economic machines, and although we are smaller, we are definitely making a huge impact on the economy,” Dietz said. “Last year, we had to turn people away from the screenings that were sold out.  But the nice thing about our festival is that there are always other things and other screenings going on.”

The 13th Annual Maryland Film Festival begins tomorrow Thursday, May 5 and runs through Sunday, May 8.  For tickets, synopses on movies and more information go to the Film Festival website at: http://www.md-filmfest.com/index.cfm.

by Christine Hansen for MDBizMedia

 

Ed Harris to play John McCain. Photo by Irish Central.

HBO has named Ed Harris to play John McCain in its new film Game Change, a film based on the bestselling book by the same name that follows John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.

 

MDBizMedia reported earlier this month that HBO planned to shoot the film in Maryland, creating over 1,900 jobs – 160 local production crew and 1,800 local actors and extras – for the State.

The film will cover the 2008 presidential candidate’s selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, to their defeat in the general election.  Academy Award nominated actress Julianne Moore is expected to play Sarah Palin.

HBO has shot several films and other productions in Maryland, including Shot in the Heart, Something the Lord Made, The Corner and The Wire, and recently finished the shooting of the pilot episode for a new series VEEP.

The Maryland Film Office, located in Baltimore and part of the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, is an agency of the state’s Department of Business and Economic Development. It provides location scouting and pre-production research, in addition to acting as a government and community liaison throughout film production.

by Christine Hansen for MDBizMedia

The Pride of Baltimore II. Photo by Pride of Baltimore, Inc.

Maryland officials, including Business and Economic Development Secretary Christian Johansson and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, today unveiled a 7-foot scale model replica of The Pride of Baltimore II, Maryland’s maritime ambassador schooner.  The replica will be on permanent display in the Baltimore Visitor Center while the schooner travels across the globe.

“This model celebrates Maryland’s rich maritime history as we gear up to commemorate the War of 1812 Bicentennial and serves as a permanent reminder here at the Visitor Center of Maryland’s important stories and symbols, like our  like our flag, our anthem and our goodwill ambassador, the Pride II,” said Secretary Johansson.  “We know these symbols are important as we promote Maryland as a tourism destination around the nation and around the world.”

The Pride of Baltimore II was launched and commissioned in 1988 as a sailing memorial to the original Pride of Baltimore, which sunk in 1986 by a white squall off Puerto Rico. For 22 years, the 157 foot long schooner has traveled the globe, visiting more than 200 ports in 40 countries, logging over 250,000 nautical miles. In 2010 Pride II visited 26 ports, welcoming more than 91,000 visitors aboard.  Weighing in at 185.5 tons, the schooner is equipped with 12 crew members.  During 2011, the Pride will travel the east coast and the Great Lakes, promoting Maryland and Baltimore as the destination for the Bicentennial Celebrations for the War of 1812.

Pride of Baltimore II scale model. Photo by Pride of Baltimore, Inc.

Pride of Baltimore II Scale Model. Photo by Pride of Baltimore, Inc.

Maryland has partnered with the U.S. Navy and others to launch the Pride Sail in 2011 and 2012 to send The Baltimore Pride II to port cities in the U.S., Canada and Europe to help promote the War of 1812 Bicentennial and the Star Spangled Banner celebrations.  The June 2012 national bicentennial launch in Maryland is expected to bring 1.5 million people to the Inner Harbor, generate more than $100 million in direct expenditures and generate approximately 2,100 jobs.

by Christine Hansen for MDBizMedia

Julianne Moore to play Sarah Palin. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

HBO announced today that it will film Game Change, a film based on the bestselling book by the same name that follows John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, creating over 1,900 jobs – 160 local production crew and 1,800 local actors and extras – for Maryland.

The film will cover the 2008 presidential candidate’s selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, to their defeat in the general election.  Academy Award nominated actress Julianne Moore is expected to play Sarah Palin.

HBO has shot several films and other productions in Maryland, including Shot in the Heart, Something the Lord Made, The Corner and The Wire, and recently finished the shooting of the pilot episode for a new series VEEP.

“We’ve had great experiences filming in Maryland,” HBO Films president Len Amato said in a statement. “The state offers a strong local base of talented crew and actors, and we are very grateful for the generous cooperation of the Governor and the Film Office.”

The Maryland Film Office, located in Baltimore and part of the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, is an agency of the state’s Department of Business and Economic Development. It provides location scouting and pre-production research, in addition to acting as a government and community liaison throughout film production.

Art is Good for the Economy

MDbizMedia —  February 10, 2011 — 1 Comment

by Christine Hansen for MDBizMedia

DBED Secretary Christian Johansson addresses advocates for the arts at Maryland Arts Day.

Legislators and advocates for the arts convened in Annapolis yesterday for the 13th Annual Maryland Arts Day.  The event, sponsored by Maryland Citizens for the Arts, provided an opportunity for Maryland’s arts community to express their support of state funding for the arts and the Maryland State Arts Council.

For FY 2012, Governor O’Malley appropriated $13.3 million for the Maryland State Arts Council in the Maryland General Fund. States across the country, including Texas, Kansas, and South Carolina are eliminating arts funding to tackle budget woes.

“The Governor and those of us working at the Department of Business and Economic Development fully understand the impact that the arts have, not only on our state’s economy but also on our quality of life in Maryland,” Department of Business and Economic Development Secretary Christian Johansson said.  “The fact is plain and simple that the Arts mean jobs and business in Maryland.”

According to the Fiscal Year 2009 Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts Organizations in Maryland study, the arts industry in Maryland generated a total economic impact of $1.14 billion dollars, a total of 12,022 jobs and $426 million in salaries for our state, and $41.4 million in state and local taxes in FY2009.