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…
Film and TV workers in Ohio are looking forward to capitalizing on Marvel’s next feature film, The Avengers, as it begins shooting in Cleveland (readers may remember that the film had initially planned to shoot in New Mexico, but pulled out over uncertainty about the future of that state’s incentive program.) The head of the Greater Cleveland film commission – and film and TV workers throughout that region – are hoping that this feature will be just the beginning of a “long term relationship” between Hollywood and the Buckeye State.
While we’re on the subject of New Mexico’s film incentive program, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan shared some strong opinions on the recent efforts to limit the Land Of Enchantment’s program when he sat down with the Albuquerque weekly newspaper The Alibi an exclusive interview.
The fall-out from Iowa’s scandal-ridden film incentive program, which gave a “black eye” to incentives around the country, seems to be settling down… but at a high cost. Suspended in 2009 after the discovery of systemic fraud, abuse and mismanagement, the Hawkeye State’s Department of Economic Development was obligated to several producers for over $330 million in credits . After settling with the producers of the feature film Smitty for $1.5 million earlier this month, the Iowa Attorney General’s office has worked hard to negotiate the amount owed to filmmakers down to around $20 million. Several players in the Iowa scandal have already been sentenced, and many more are set to go on trial in the coming months.
Film and TV Workers in Alabama are looking forward to a massive increase in production now that the Yellowhammer State’s new film incentive program has been signed by governor Robert Bentley. The new program is considered by many to be the most aggressive in the country, targeting not just film and TV production, but music videos and soundtrack productions as well.
And finally, outside US Borders, South Africa is celebrating the investment and jobs brought into the country by incentives its offered across all business sectors – including film and TV production.