Movie, TV and commercial productions contributed $61.5 million to Utah's economy in the past fiscal year, the Utah Film Commission said.
Approximately $27.7 million of the total was spent by production companies based in Utah, compared with more than $33.8 million coming from out-of-state companies.The production total for the year ending June 30 was well above the $40.17 million brought in the previous year and second only to the record $89 million earned in the 1992-93 budget year.
Saundra Saperstein, the commission's marketing director, credited Utah's success to entertainment industry word-of-mouth about the state's scenic locations and professional movie crews.
Also, the Sundance Film Festival creates a greater awareness of Utah every year, she said.
The commission said filmmakers and industry executives spent about $11.8 million in lodging, transportation and other expenses during January's festival - over and above the other production figures.
Some 19 feature films and TV movies used Utah crews, talent, equipment or locations in the 12-month period, as did six TV series and 66 commercial campaigns.
Some of the major projects included: the Nick Nolte detective drama "Mulholland Falls," due out next spring; this summer's science-fiction horror show "Species"; the latest "Halloween" sequel; Brooke Shields' TV miniseries "Nothing Lasts Forever"; and the TV series "Extreme" and "Touched by an Angel."