DEVENS — About a year after the second-season premiere of the Hulu television series “Castle Rock,” the Massachusetts Production Coalition plans to release a new report tallying the economic impact of what it says is the first episodic TV series to film in Massachusetts in more than 25 years.
The first season of the Warner Brothers show, based on the works of Maine author Stephen King, was in production from March 2017 through February 2018 and the second season was in production in 2018 and 2019. The second season began airing on Hulu on Oct. 23, 2019.
The report, by Industrial Economics, focuses on the impacts of the first season’s production, which was based out of New England Studios in Devens and involved “major on-location filming” in and around Orange, according to the coalition.
A virtual legislative briefing, with film industry workers and local businesses involved in the production of “Castle Rock” is slated for 11 a.m. Wednesday, over Zoom.
Reps. Tackey Chan and Natalie Higgins and Sens. Michael Moore and Paul Feeney are scheduled to participate.
The production coalition backs an extension of an existing film and TV production tax credit, which is due to expire after 2022. Bills filed by Moore and Chan would eliminate the sunset date, and the Revenue Committee recommended further study, which typically mark a legislative dead-end.
Five additional scripted series have been produced in Massachusetts since season one of “Castle Rock,” according to the coalition, which said the film industry “has the potential to be a strong part of the state’s economic recovery” and described the tax credit’s sunset as a “barrier to investment.”