Start Up Nation Goes Hollywood


Here’s an interesting story you may not have heard: Since 2008, Israel has reworked its tax code, a la New York City and Vancouver, to encourage film studios to shoot movies there. As of 2011, the government is offering up to $400,000 in tax breaks per project, and Jerusalem is prepared to provide more than $12 million in additional subsidies.

Barkat recently visited Hollywood to promote Israel’s juicy film production incentives. Making films and television in Jerusalem is “not only good business, it’s good Zionism,” Barkat told The Hollywood Reporter.