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How The Power-Broker Koch Brothers Are Killing The Florida Film Business

by David Robb Florida’s film and TV industry is in a free-fall after the state scrapped its film incentives program earlier this year. Productions are leaving, vendors are fleeing, and workers are moving to Georgia in the wake of a concerted and well-financed campaign by the billionaire Koch brothers and their conservative allies in the state […]

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INCENTIVES WATCH: STATE TAX CREDITS CAUSING NIGHTMARES FOR FILM INDUSTRY

by Jason Plotkin I am not a fan of horror movies. Don’t get me wrong, there are some horror movies that are good–classics even. I guess I’m just not a fan of being scared. Luckily for me, I am not a member of the Florida film industry. Illustrating the fears of the Florida film industry are […]

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Florida film incentives program will sunset without lawmakers’ support

By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff Following three straight years of failing to convince the Florida Legislature that the film and television industry could be a major economic driver for the state, industry leaders will attempt to do so once again in January. Only this time there is more at stake. The current incentive program sunsets […]

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South Florida’s film industry gets lift from new studio in Miami

Doreen Hemlock Sun Sentinel South Florida’s film industry received a boost Monday with the opening of a new movie and TV production studio in downtown Miami built at cost topping $14.5 million. Viacom, the entertainment group whose properties include cable TV channels Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV, has contracted to use the state-of-the-art facility, which was […]

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University of Tampa works to get film students Hollywood internships

By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff TAMPA — Hillsborough’s loss is Los Angeles’ gain, but film students at the University of Tampa are winners either way. Their hopes of finding internships locally were fueled by two major productions that filmed in the Tampa area this year — Tim Burton’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” in February […]

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CA Gains in Film and TV Production as Other States Lower Incentives

By James Poulos Staff Columnist, Orange County Register Hollywood could soon reclaim its once-shaky status as America’s production headquarters. After a near panic touched off by a nationwide spending spree on state incentives for film and television production, programs around the country have begun scaling back or shutting down altogether, leaving California in a persistent but much diminished race for […]

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Legislature nixes Detert’s latest plan for film funding

By Lloyd Dunkelberger , Herald-Tribune Sen. Nancy Detert’s latest effort to boost Florida’s film and television industry died Saturday in the end-stage negotiations over a new state budget. The Senate accepted a House proposal on economic development spending that eliminated Detert’s plan for $10 million in tax-credit funding in effort to sustain a film industry program, which […]

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Proposed Hollywood tax incentive approved in House committee

Florida HB 451 passes 12-5 Author:  Mike Holfeld, The fight to make tax incentives available to Hollywood, TV and Digital productions in Florida won another big victory in Tallahassee Wednesday. The House Economic Affairs Committee delivering a convincing 12-5 vote to approve HB 451. The victory sends the measure to the House floor for a make […]

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‘Infiltrator’ can’t find many locals qualified for film work

By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff TAMPA — Hillsborough County’s next big-budget film begins production April 23 when director Brad Furman yells action on the set of “The Infiltrator,” starring Bryan Cranston. In return for $250,000 in incentives from Hillsborough County, the production will spend at least $1 million during its eight days of shooting here. […]

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Senate subcommittee approves Florida Hollywood tax incentive bill

Unanimous vote follows Tuesday’s approval in House Author:  Mike Holfeld, The push for Florida tax incentives for Hollywood, TV and digital productions earned another victory in Tallahassee on Thursday. SB 1046, sponsored  by State Sen. Nancy Deter of Sarasota, was unanimously approved by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation Tourism and Economic Development. The bill now […]

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