Ontario tax credit paying off

M. Night Shyamalan, Steven Spielberg projects to province

TORONTO -- The shifting of the production of M. Night Shyamalan's supernatural thriller "Devil" from Philadelphia to Toronto is the latest sign that Ontario's decision to introduce a 25% all-spend tax credit is starting to pay dividends.

The Toronto film commission said the "Devil" shoot, part of a three-film financing/production partnership with Media Rights Capital, is set to relocate to Toronto this fall after receiving assurances about the local film tax credit in Ontario that could not be secured from state officials in Pennsylvania.

Shyamalan previously shot the bulk of his movies in Philadelphia.

Other U.S. shoots in Toronto include Steven Spielberg's untitled alien invasion pilot for TNT, and USA Network's pilot "Covert Affairs," set for a Sept. 14 to Oct. 9 shoot, with Tim Matheson directing.

Ontario in late June boosted its 25% film tax credit for foreign producers from an offset of labor costs to including all production expenditures.

Production has also got under way on the Cartoon Network pilot for "Unnatural History," shooting to the end of August, and the MTV TV movie "Turn The Beat Around," which is shooting in Toronto and Hamilton with an ensemble cast led by David Giuntoli and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood.

Other fall shoots in Toronto include the "Resident Evil: Afterlife" shoot to the end of the year, the ABC "Happy Town" series and the Hallmark TV movie "The Wild Girl."