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St. Louis County Commissioner Frank Jewell (right) accepts the microphone from Philip Gilpin, Catalyst CEO/executive director, to welcome the delegation to St. Louis County. Submitted

Korean delegation visits St. Louis County

St. Louis County Commissioner Frank Jewell (right) accepts the microphone from Philip Gilpin, Catalyst CEO/executive director, to welcome the delegation to St. Louis County. Submitted

A delegation from South Korea is visiting St. Louis County this week, attending the Catalyst Festival and touring locations around the county as part of the festival’s outreach to international content creators. The delegation includes five TV series creators from South Korea along with dignitaries from The Korea Foundation are attending.

The Korean Foundation is meeting with local politicians and content creators to further relationships and opportunities to work with local content creators, and to build bridges between the Korean content community and area production opportunities. The visit is timely because South Korean entertainment is more popular than ever. Just this week, Netflix’s number one show is a South Korean series called Squid Game. Netflix says it’s so popular it might be their most popular show ever.

Part of the conversation during their visit is about the St. Louis County Production Incentive Program, which began earlier this year and provides reimbursement of up to 25% of production and post costs for film, television, episodic and commercial content projects that are spent in St. Louis County. It is funded by St. Louis County and administered by the Upper Midwest Film Office (UMFO).

“This visit by this talented group from South Korea illustrates just how much potential there is to establish St. Louis County as a production location,” said Commissioner Frank Jewell, who advocated to the Board to establish the incentive program. “Any production here brings with it a wide range of jobs and positive economic impact to our communities, and so we are excited to help these producers see the potential we know is here.” .

To date, four productions have been approved for nearly $615,000 in rebates through the St. Louis County Production Incentive Program. More information about the program, eligibility requirements and how to apply can be found online at uppermidwestfilmtv.org.

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