MISSOULA — A media company is looking to build Montana’s first studio-grade sound stage for television and film production right here in Missoula.
The $20 million project is proposed for 16 acres in the Missoula Technology Park near Missoula International Airport.
The Missoula Current reports the site’s location, the city’s daily direct flights from Los Angeles, and Montana’s newly created film incentives helped attract Shadowcast Partners to Missoula.
The county has already approved the "Montana Media Hub" project for the area’s zoning, and the Missoula Development Authority is expected to forward a pending purchase offer to commissioners next week.
Plans for the project would cost about 19 million dollars, and include 20 thousand square feet of stages.
Construction would likely begin early next year.
Project backers say the Montana MEDIA Act helped bring this to Missoula.
Since the act was adopted, more than 120 productions have been filmed in the state, delivering roughly $47 million in economic impact while creating 280 full time jobs.