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…
The big film incentive news this week comes… from Oregon! Of course, regular readers already know about governor John Kitzhaber’s proposal to increase the money offered by Oregon’s film and TV Incentives, and the hearings that took place in the house Transportation and Revenue committee Wednesday and Friday. Articles supporting the program have been appearing in the press, as have articles questioning the efficacy of the incentive program - fueled largely by a position paper released by the Oregon Center for Public Policy this week.
North of Oregon’s border, in Washington, state Senators are also proposing an increase to that states incentive bill. Several articles have appeared in the press on the effort, and film and TV workers are planning a rally in Olympia on February 23rd.
New Mexico’s film incentives are still in the spotlight – especially now that a state Senator has introduced a bill requiring stonger accountability for the Land of Enchantment’s film office.
North Carolina’s film incentive program is helping to give Wilmington film workers high hopes for the upcoming pilot season.
Film and TV Workers in Georgia are voicing concern that a proposed overhaul of the Peach State’s tax system might impact their film and TV industry.
And finally, outside US Borders, Germany’s Minister of Culture is also recommending an extension of that country’s film incentives.