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Mon July 11, 2011
Film advocates hope state restores scaled-back incentives
People who work in Michigan’s film industry hope efforts to boost the incentives for TV, movie, and video productions are successful.
They say the recent $25 million cap on the incentives makes them too small to attract big productions.
Chris Baum helps market the state to Hollywood with Michigan Film First and Film Detroit.
Baum says the state does not have to be as generous as it has been in the past to movie-makers, but it still has to put more money into incentives if it’s going to build a movie industry here:
"It’s not brain surgery. We've invited an industry here. We've promised them that we wanted them here," said Baum. "We need to continue to giving them conditions that allow themselves to establish themselves here and then down the road, they'll be so comfortable coming to Michigan that we'll be able to pull back on the the incentives further."
Baum says Michigan needs to have at least $100 million available for incentives if it’s going to attract the big budget movies that generate the most economic activity.
State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville is expected to unveil a plan this week to boost the state’s film incentives.
Governor Rick Snyder dramatically scaled back the incentives saying they offered a poor return to taxpayers.