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Filming of ‘StartUp’ in Puerto Rico to generate thousands of jobs

By on February 13, 2018

SAN JUAN – “Tens of millions” of dollars could be injected into the Puerto Rican economy with the filming in Puerto Rico of the third season of “StartUp,” which will feature actors such as Adam Brody, Ron Perlman, Edi Gathegi and Otmara Marrero.

Economic Development (DDEC by its Spanish acronym) Secretary Manuel Laboy, along with the director of the department’s Film Development Program, Pedro Rúa-Jovet, revealed the news Tuesday. For Laboy, the film industry has become an important source of economic development.

Pedro Rúa-Jovet, director of DDEC’s film program; Ron Perlman, actor and co-producer of ‘StartUp’; and DDEC Secretary Manuel Laboy (Courtesy)

“Contrary to other productions of U.S. capital, it will be filmed entirely on the island, which represents a major achievement at a time when the island is recovering,” Laboy said of the series.

The series, created by Ben Ketai and produced by Crackle, a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Television Networks, is scheduled for release this year. According to Sony, the tech-based thriller was its No. 1 title on the free, ad-supported Crackle service.

Rúa-Jovet said the filming of its 10 new episodes on the island would generate thousands of jobs in an industry that has flourished in recent years.

“Thanks to the work of many, season three of ‘StartUp’ is a reality, which produces thousands of direct and indirect jobs and injects many tens of millions into the economy of the island,” Rúa-Jovet said.

“StartUp’ joins the series “The Oath,” also from Crackle and filmed on the island before and after the impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria in September. For this, Laboy thanked Sony Pictures for its “support in continuing with their project at such a critical time for Puerto Rico.”

“Balance is the key to success. We will strive to be an attractive jurisdiction for capital investment, while being fiscally responsible. We have to promote the production of local, national and international projects, supporting those that best impact our economy,” the head of DDEC said.

Reports state that the island’s film industry has contributed $225 million to the economy from the beginning of 2017 to the end of this fiscal year, generating 12,200 jobs, 1,100 production days and 23,200 hotel room nights.

“Film and television series producers choose Puerto Rico for our attractive and diverse natural settings, highly trained workers and our competitive 40% tax credit. There is no doubt that the film industry of Puerto Rico will continue to flourish in the coming years,” Laboy said.

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