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.
A documentarian in Louisiana, meanwhile, is disputing claims by a state auditor that his production filed for Pelican State tax credits on illegitimate expenses related to a documentary on the building of Mardi Gras floats.
Ways to heal Michigan’s recently scaled-back film incentive program – and changing the perception that “Detroit is over” – were topics of conversation at the recent Uptown Film Festival in Birmingham. A panel discussion at the festival which included representatives from Hollywood and Michigan’s film industry focused on increasing the newly capped incentive and reminding the film and TV industry that Michigan is still open for business.
Mississippi is continuing to work towards increasing the cap on its film incentive program in an effort to draw more productions to the Magnolia State from neighboring North Carolina and Louisiana. Realizing that skilled crews are essential to building a strong and sustainable industry, the state’s legislature is also proposing a trio of workforce development centers in the state.
Harold Phillips has worked professionally in theatre, film and television for over 20 years. In that time, he's built a reputation for his commitment to the characters he plays and his efforts to strengthen the film and theatre industries in the cities he's worked in.
Harold has gained prominence in the quickly growing world of digital media, with appearances in the wildly popular web series Lady Wasteland, Animus Cross, and the interactive movie The Outbreak. In addition to appearances in commercials and independent films (including the comedic Crackin' The Code and thrillers Sum Of The Parts and Dark Horizon), Harold has spent many years working on stage in the Pacific Northwest.
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