It’s Saturday, which means it’s time for our weekly look at some of the news about film incentive programs around the country. Now, you know the focus of this site is Oregon’s film and TV industry, and its effect on the state’s economy. It’s important to keep an eye on trends nationwide, though. The film and TV industry is an interdependent organism; what happens around the country affects Oregon’s industry, and what happens in Oregon affects the rest of the country as well.
While each state’s incentive program is different, it’s important to see the “big picture” by keeping an eye on the choices other states have made – to learn from their successes and their mistakes.
So, with that…
It looks like Virginia’s plan to raise it’s film incentives in an effort to lure the new Steven Spielberg-helmed film Lincoln have paid off – the production announced this week that the film, based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book “Team of Rivals,” will shoot in the Old Dominion State later this year.
The future of Michigan’s film incentive program is still “up in the air,” but that hasn’t stopped a new $80 million production facility from opening in Pontiac. Film and TV supporters in the Wolverine State are hopeful that the studio will provide one more reason for the state legislature to reject governor Rick Snyder’s plan to cap that state’s film incentives at $25 million.
A bill making its way through the Connecticut legislature is seeking to change the regulations governing that state’s incentive plan - especially the “transferrability” of tax credits producers receive from the program.
Louisiana has seen film and television production rebound from a lull in 2009… but only in certain regions of the state. A new plan in the Pelican State’s legislature seeks to fix that, with the creation of a new Entertainment and Cultural District in six parishes. The six parishes would waive sales taxes for production companies shooting within their boundaries.
We reported last week on a plan in Hawaii to build a pair of new studios – if the state legislature agreed to increase funds offered by the Aloha State’s film incentive programs. This week, however, a bill to increase those incentives stalled out in committee. The bill isn’t expected to move forward during this legislative session.
And finally, outside US Borders, Canadian producers in New Brunswick are “cautiously optimistic” about their efforts to stop a plan that completely eliminates the province’s film incentive program.