Monthly Archives: February 2015

Florida Lawmakers to Consider Effectiveness of Film Incentives

Originally posted on the Tampa Tribune website from Paul Guzzo:

With a resume including “Beetlejuice” and “Edward Scissorhands,” director Tim Burton has proven he is among the great fantasy storytellers in Hollywood.

But the off-camera story behind his latest movie, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” stands to generate the most buzz in the Florida production industry: Incentives […]

Coalition Applauds New Bill to Boost Florida’s Film Industry

Originally posted on the Florida Politics website from Phil Ammann:

A coalition of small and large film, entertainment, and digital media enterprises are praising a pair of proposals in the Florida Legislature to boost film production in the Sunshine State.

The Whole Picture: Saving Florida Film and Digital Jobs is an association applauding Senate Bill 1046, filed this […]

Tourism Leaders Convene in Tallahassee to Celebrate Florida’s No. 1 Industry

The Partnership for Florida Tourism is proud to present Florida Tourism Day on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in Tallahassee. The event is designed to educate the legislature, media and Floridians on the significant role tourism plays in the success of our state’s economy. According to preliminary estimates, 97.3 million visitors came to Florida in 2014. […]

Level Playing Field to Keep Industry: Front Burner

Originally posted on the Orlando Sentinel website:

The Taylors came to Orlando 20 years ago in search of work and a good place to raise a family. Carla and Jeff built a house in College Park and enjoyed life as their daughter grew up while involved in school, sports and church. The Taylors’ story, though, may not […]

Senator Detert Files Bill to Revamp State Film Incentive Program

Originally posted on the Herald-Tribune website from Jeremy Wallace:

A state legislator from Sarasota County took another big step on Thursday toward revamping the way Florida runs its filmmaking incentive program in a bid to grow the movie industry in Florida.

State Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, filed a 66-page bill that would change how filmmaking incentives are […]

Orlando Industry Leader Promotes Benefits of TV and Media Tax Credits

Originally posted on The Orlando Political Observer website from Frank Torres:

John Lux, is a the Chief Operating Officer for the IDEAS media and experience design company, who’s headquarters is here, in downtown Orlando. IDEAS employs up to 50 Central Floridians, and has film program graduates, from colleges around the state. The projects his company handles […]

Fight Over Tax Credits to Lure Film Projects Heats Up in Florida

Originally posted on the Sunshine State News website from Kevin Derby:

The fight over using public funds and incentives to lure entertainment companies to the Sunshine State intensified on Thursday. Supporters of the Entertainment Industry Tax Credit Program pointed to a recent Economic and Demographic Research (EDR) report, disagreeing with much of its conclusions that found little return […]

Film Industry Fighting for Tax Money

Originally posted on the Orlando Sentinel website from Gray Rohrer:

Film and entertainment industry representatives want Florida lawmakers to show them the money. Again. Entertainment industry representatives made their case before a House panel Thursday, defending a now-dormant state program that issued $296 million in tax credits to film, TV and other productions over the last four years. […]

Tax Incentives Called Key to Filming’s Revival

Originally posted on the Miami Today website from Catherine Lackner:

Restoring Florida’s moribund tax incentive program is key to expanding Miami’s film industry, said Bruce Orosz, CEO of ACT Productions and new chairman of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, which has hatched an action plan.

“We have been spending a lot of time, effort and energy […]

Film Florida Executive Board Members Featured on WKMG’s FlashPOINT

Film Florida Executive Board Members Sheena Fowler, from the Orlando EDC and Film Orlando, and John Lux, from IDEAS, along with State Representative Mike Miller, were featured on a recent episode of WKMG’s (CBS, Orlando) FlashPOINT. Almost the entire episode was devoted to the need for a long-term tax credit program for the film, TV and […]