Economic Development Dept. touts film production in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN — Economic Development Secretary Manuel Laboy spoke Sunday about efforts to foster Puerto Rico’s film industry during the premiere of “The Oath,” an U.S. TV series filmed and produced on the island for SONY Pictures’ Crackle streaming service.
“‘The Oath’ is exactly the type of project we want to promote. This type of project makes our lives easier. They speak for us abroad,” Laboy said at the series premiere in Caribbean Cinemas’ Fine Arts theater in Hato Rey.
Laboy explained that producers of this type of series come to Puerto Rico for 40 percent tax credit and that they also seek out the talent and work teams on the island for their productions.
Meanwhile, Pedro Rúa, director of the Film Industry Fund, said the series injects $20 million to $30 million into the local economy and create d2,500 to 3,000 jobs during about 75 days of filming. The series was interrupted by Hurricane Maria’s landfall, but was later completed.
“And they told us that, if a second season is green-lit, they could return to Puerto Rico,” he added.
The event was attended by leading actor Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”), who plays Steve Hammond, the leader of a cop gang; creator Joe Halpin; and Ron Pearlman, who also acts in “StartUp,” another Crackle series filmed in Puerto Rico. Local actor Braulio Castillo Jr., was also at the event. He has several appearances in the series.
The first season of “The Oath” has 10 episodes and will premiere March 8 on Crackle. It was created by Halpin (“Hawaii Five-O,” “Secrets and Lies”), “who worked as a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy in South Central for 17 years, 12 of which as an undercover officer. The series takes an unforgiving look at the complicated dynamics in these organizations and documents the lives of those willing to risk it all, to have it all,” according to a release.
“The Oath” is executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and his G-Unit Film & Television Inc., Todd Hoffman and Dennis Kim of Storied Media Group and Joe Halpin who is also creator, writer and showrunner.