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The Hon. Tahesha Way, Lt. Governor and Secretary of State

NJ Motion Picture Commission Launches Reel-Scout Partnership

Interactive Digital Location Library Showcases Diverse NJ Locations Available for Film and TV Productions

NEWARK, N.J. —The New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission (NJMPTVC) has recently partnered with Reel-Scout™ to expand its digital location library and enhance its production management and client services.

The Reel-Scout™ software is a fully-integrated system, equipping film offices with a content-rich and fully searchable locations gallery, allowing New Jersey to showcase all the diverse locations it has to offer. The software’s project management tool helps manage the unique operations of the Film Commission—including recruiting and attracting productions—as well as effectively tracking the agency’s integral role in the production process.

The commission staff is adding new locations daily to the new system with 10,000 images already online and counting, a substantial increase over the commission’s previous online library. “Each region of New Jersey has its own unique characteristics and we’re putting them on full display,” said Executive Director Steven Gorelick. “Reel-Scout has given us the necessary tools to do so, which will be beneficial to filmmakers worldwide looking for filming locations.”

Two highly anticipated and notable features that recently filmed in New Jersey are the Netflix feature “Army of the Dead,” a zombie outbreak film set in Las Vegas, directed by Zack Snyder and starring Dave Bautista; and Steven Spielberg’s big screen remake of “West Side Story” from Twentieth Century Fox starring New Jersey-native Rachel Zegler. ABC’s “Emergence,” created by Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas and starring Allison Toman, is a mystery-themed television series currently filming its first season in the Garden State, along with NBC’s “Lincoln,” set to begin airing next year.

Filmed at the Showboat Hotel on the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk in Atlantic City, “Army of the Dead” is likely to release in Winter 2020 on Netflix. The Atlantic City Boardwalk is the longest in America and the oldest in the world.  Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” transformed parts of Newark and Paterson into New York City, circa the late 1950s. “Emergence” filmed in parts of Montclair, Kearny, Passaic, Atlantic Highlands, and Berkeley Township, while “Lincoln” filmed in East Rutherford, Kearny, and Paramus. All four projects have applied for the state’s Film Tax Credit.

Since the revival of the state’s Film Tax Credit Program, which offers eligible production companies a 30-35% transferrable tax credit on qualified film production expenses, plus an additional 2% diversity bonus for qualified productions, New Jersey locations are in high-demand.

Property owners wanting to market their locations to studios, production companies, and location scouts across the world can submit their properties at no cost using the commission’s website.

Available filming locations can be viewed on the commission’s digital library at  

 About the New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission
The NJMPTVC, formed in 1978, is staffed by industry professionals and serves as a resource for production companies. The commission also promotes the film and television industry in New Jersey. Learn more at or contact the commission at



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