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‘Batman,’ Spielberg Films Land Tax Breaks to Shoot in New Jersey

Aug. 13, 2019, 8:34 PM

New Jersey, whose $11 billion tax-break program is under investigation by the state attorney general, approved incentives for major films by two of Hollywood’s biggest studios.

The films—“Joker,” part of Warner Brothers Pictures Inc.’s “Batman” franchise, and a Steven Spielberg-directed “West Side Story” adaptation for Twentieth Century Fox Inc.—could qualify for credits of as much as 35%, with other discounts for hiring women and minorities.

Gov. Phil Murphy has targeted film and digital media as high-growth industries that can provide good-paying jobs.

New Jersey was the nascent film industry’s capital in the early 20th century, and after major production moved ...

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