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Connecticut focuses on developing TV and digital industry 
In this Nov. 3, 2015 file photo, Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw, right, sits with Maryland head coach Brenda Frese for a live interview with sportscaster David Lloyd, left, on SportsCenter at ESPN in Bristol, Conn. About a decade after the state had high hopes of luring major movies, Connecticut is now actively courting the television and digital media industry, working to attract and grow companies that can meet the burgeoning demand for the content used across multiple platforms. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
  • HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)
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Connecticut is trying to carve out a niche in the television and digital media industry.

The state's Office of Film, Television and Digital Media, is focused on attracting and growing companies that can meet the burgeoning demand for the content across multiple platforms ranging from cable to YouTube.

In April, the office co-sponsored the inaugural Tribeca Digital Creators Market, a marketplace where creators of online and digital content can connect with buyers, producers and agents.

The push comes a decade after the state had high hopes of becoming known as Hollywood East, creating a tax incentive program to attract both digital and major motion pictures. Today, that credit is no longer available for film production.

State officials say they're trying to shift away from "short-term gains" and create permanent jobs.