BaseCamp Entertainment, a New York-based directing collective, has launched sister production company International Production Services (IPS), which will specialize in providing production services throughout the U.S. as well as Puerto Rico and Cuba. IPS plans to help international production companies and producers prepare for U.S. shoots with turnkey production and location services.
“International clients need more resources to assemble a smooth, successful U.S. shoot, and with IPS, we can make that dream come true,” said Mary Pimienta, executive producer and founder of BaseCamp Entertainment and IPS.
With established Latin and South American clients, including television networks Fox International in Argentina and Colombia, and RCN Televisión in Latin America for such series as El Capo and Bride at 40, Pimienta explained that clients have increasingly inquired about production support and resources in the continental U.S. and Puerto Rico. And with Puerto Rico’s recent financial crisis, it has become a viable option for filmmakers looking to shoot in a tropical location, bringing much-needed dollars to the region while offering tax credits that exceeded $16 million so far this year.
“Puerto Rico’s film incentive is the most aggressive of its kind in the world, and location-wise it has immense potential,” said Pimienta. “While we work in an international market, shooting within a U.S. territory is still much more effective and smooth when it comes to transactions, costs and access to equipment and top-notch bilingual crew and talent.”
The IPS model is also designed to support domestic productions seeking support in metro New York, Miami and Los Angeles. IPS will coordinate domestic tax incentives and offer strategic counseling to help productions choose the right jurisdiction for their project.
“We’re well-versed in film incentives and production logistics, but more importantly, we’re passionate about creative filmmaking, which means we can find the best solutions for every client’s needs and budget,” said Pimienta.
IPS recently wrapped its first project Celia, a television series about the life of legendary Cuban singer Celia Cruz for Fox International and Telemundo.