Changes to the Film Industry Tax Credit are helping to secure projects in Nova Scotia. Copernicus Studios Inc., a local animation production studio signed a co-production partnership with U.S.-based Home Plate Entertainment, Wild Grinders LLC and its partners Moonscoop, Telegael and Agogo. With work being done in Canada, Ireland, and China, the partners will co-produce Wild Grinders, a high definition animated TV series, for Nicktoons U.S. With a significant pre-production budget, Copernicus was able to generate more than 20 full-time positions for the series, which will run about 14-months. “Having the opportunity to work with production companies from the U.S., Ireland, France and China on this co-production is a fantastic opportunity for us,” said Juan Cruz Baldassarre, partner at Copernicus Studios Inc. “The changes to the tax credit provided us with the opportunity to build a great proposal, and to successfully bring this project to Nova Scotia.” Wild Grinders is an original comedy series created by pro-skateboarder turned TV star, Rob Dyrdek (Rob & Big, Fantasy Factory). Mr. Dyrdek will executive produce and provide the voice for the lead character. The series follows skater kid Lil Rob, his dog Meaty, his nerdy inventor friend Goggles, and the rest of their wacky group of friends on their comedic and fantastic adventures. A number of shorts and other multi-platform digital content will proceed the 2012 premiere. Moonscoop is handling worldwide distribution of Wild Grinders. “We are excited to be working with the team at Copernicus — their work speaks for itself. The talent and tax credits are a great combination of resources for making high-quality shows in today’s marketplace,” said Wild Grinders executive producer and Home Plate CEO Bill Schultz. In December, the province removed the 25 per cent production cost cap from the Film Industry Tax Credit. This allows labour-intensive sectors of the industry, such as digital animators, to claim more eligible labour and encourages the development, training, and hiring of Nova Scotians in the audiovisual industry. “We have been consistently hearing that the tax credit enhancements have helped local digital companies secure projects,” said Ann MacKenzie, president and CEO of Film Nova Scotia. “By continuing to invest in the industry, the province is ensuring that Nova Scotia maintains its reputation as a film-friendly destination.” Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown corporation reporting to the Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to support the province’s audiovisual industry. With an industry that employs almost 3,000 and contributes upwards of $100 million to the economy annually, Nova Scotia is among the largest production centres in Canada.