Monthly Archives: April 2015

Backers say film incentive bill still alive in Tallahassee

Originally posted on the SaintPeters Blog website:

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli’s abrupt decision to gavel the 60-day legislative session to a close three days before its scheduled end because of a budget impasse with the Senate affects loads of important legislation. For the members of Florida’s economy that work in the TV/movie and digital entertainment industry, it could […]

Florida House Abruptly Calls It Quits

Originally posted on Saint Peters Blog website:

Shortly after 1 p.m. this afternoon in the Florida House, Speaker Steve Crisafulli stunned observers when he announced that the House would be breaking early, three days before the legislative session’s scheduled conclusion, because of the continued impasse with the Florida Senate regarding Medicaid expansion.

“No, we didn’t get everything […]

Florida Film Officials Seek New Tax Incentive Program 3rd Time

Originally posted on the Florida Politics website:

Proponents of Florida’s film industry are back in Tallahassee for the third year in a row, trying to get funding for a new tax incentive program.

After failing to find the necessary support in the Legislature the past two years, industry officials remain optimistic that they’ll get a new program before this […]

‘Breaking Bad’ star Bryan Cranston filming movie in Tampa Bay area

Originally posted on the WFLA website:
WFLA News Channel 8

If you’re in the right place at the right time you might spot a major Hollywood star in the Tampa Bay area during the next few days.

Bryan Cranston from “Breaking Bad” is shooting “The Infiltrator” throughout Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. The movie shot Wednesday at Port Tampa Bay. […]

Florida Bill Aims to Bring More Film Production to State

Originally posted on the WFLA website:
WFLA News Channel 8

Proponents of a Florida House bill say the state is missing out on millions in revenue to our neighbors. Legislators prepare to discuss House Bill 451 this week. The measure would provide tax incentives for films shot in Florida.

“We’ve got Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia who are providing all […]

Entertainment Incentives Finally Moving Forward in Legislature

Originally posted on Saint Peters Blog website:

After years of legislative legwork and heated debate — occasionally before a national audience — Sen. Nancy Detert may land her Senate tenure’s Moby Dick at long last. Her proposal to establish state incentives for Florida-based film and entertainment projects is alive and moving through the process.

Language similar to Detert’s […]

House Lets Senate Take the Lead on Film Incentives

Originally posted on the Miami Herald website:

The House is deferring to the Senate in an overhaul of tax credits to lure TV and film projects to Florida. Set to consider amendments to its proposal (HB 451) Wednesday, House leadership postponed the bill while it watches how the upper chamber moves forward.

“We’re assessing what’s going on in the […]

Film Incentives Bill Delayed in ‘Timing Issue,’ Sponsor Says

Originally posted on The Tampa Tribune website:

This year’s film and entertainment tax credits bill was suddenly yanked off the House’s agenda Wednesday, but its sponsor says it still has legs this session. The measure (HB 451) was set to be discussed on the floor Wednesday and Thursday, followed by a vote, but was “temporarily postponed.” That can […]

Lawmakers Hope Bill Will Bring More Movies to Central Florida

Originally posted on the MyNews 13 (Central Florida) website:

Florida has been a hotspot when it comes to making movies and TV production. But lawmakers are now trying to pass a law to make sure it stays that way.

Alex Bright is studying film production at the University of Central Florida.  He already works in TV production, but said […]

Entertainment Industry Adds to Florida’s Economic Menu

Originally posted on the Context Florida website:

For years Florida governors and legislators stressed the need to diversify Florida’s economy. A state’s financial well-being so heavily dependent upon tourism and agriculture is a disaster or recession away from economic calamity, they said.

They, and their successors who toe the same line, are right. Resorts, parks and Fresh From […]