It’s Saturday, which means it’s time for our regular 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…
A Taco Bell commercial in Bethel, Alaska is applying – after it was shot and broadcast - for film incentive dollars under the Last Frontier’s film incentive program. The commercial was made in response to a hoax claiming that a Taco Bell was planned for the small Alaskan community.
The California community of Santa Clarita is celebrating the success of its recently-extended municipal film incentive program. Since the program’s inception in 2009. The program has contributed to an estimated $25.29 million in economic impact to the community. Officials from the Santa Clarita Valley Film Office recorded 909 film days and issued 372 permits in fiscal year 2011 to 2012.
Film and TV Workers in Nevada are continuing their campaign to create a film incentive in the state. Silver State Productions continues to highlight productions that have been lost to neighboring New Mexico because of Nevada’s lack of film incentive dollars.
Arizona is also struggling to compete with New Mexico for productions since the termination of the Grand Canyon State’s film incentive in 2010. A recent article from the director of the Tucson Film Office points out that Southern Arizona has managed to lure some productions in the past year, but there have been no “sharks in the net” due to the state’s lack of film incentives.
While Michigan continues to adjust to the “capping” of its film incentive program in 2011, young filmmakers in the state are continuing to train for the industry. The Michigan Creative Film Alliance (MiCFA) is continuing to help young filmmakers create films - though some of these young filmmakers are concerned about what the Wolverine State’s post-incentive-cap film and TV industry will look like after they move into Michigan’s workforce.
North Carolina’s General Assembly has passed a one-year extension of the Tar Heel State’s film incentive program, which was signed into law by governor Bev Perdue this week. Immediately after the bill’s signature into law, however, a North Carolina conservative group has criticized the film incentive program as “corporate welfare.”
And finally, outside US Borders… Puerto Rico governor Luis Fortuno has introduced a new package of film incentives in an effort to lure more productions to the US territory.