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TV Star Lobbies For Tax Credits

November 3rd, 2009 by flanews

State lawmakers want more filming in Florida. Today was the official launch of the newly formed Florida Film, Entertainment and Television Caucus. The caucus is trying to attract more film crews to the state to boost revenues and create jobs. The star of Burn Notice, A USA Network show shot in Miami, was on hand to help launch the caucus. Jeffery Donovan says the show is giving Florida worldwide exposure.

I think that the backdrop of Miami and all of southern Florida is an integral part of our success. I also know that this show is one of the most widely distributed shows in the world now. So you have a free two million dollar commercial being shown to the world and showing how great the state of Florida is,” said Donovan.

House Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda organized the event and has been meeting with Fox Film and TV executives to find out what it would take to bring more production to the state. Rehwinkel Vasilinda says creating new tax credits will help Florida rise in ranks of film producing states.

All over Florida there is opportunity here. We have great schools. We have great places to film. We have great people here that are all ready trained in providing infrastructure for this. We don’t need to do what the other states do. We don’t need to incentivize as much. All we need is a sweet spot and consistency,” said Rehwinkel Vasilinda.

Florida gets $1.44 for every dollar invested in Film. In 2007 the film industry created 15,000 jobs in the state.

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