Monthly Archives: June 2015

Florida’s Entertainment Industry Fights for Flailing Tax-Incentive Program

Originally posted on the Miami Herald website

When more than two million people tuned in last week to watch the new HBO show Ballers — a darkly comical drama starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson about retired NFL players — South Florida once again took center stage on TV screens around the world as a glitzy, sprawling playground […]

State Budget Cuts to Film Office May Result in Lost Projects, Jobs

Originally posted on Orlando Business Journal website, by Matthew Richardson

Michelle Hillery thought it was a mistake when she saw that the new state budget not only doesn’t include funds to renew the film and entertainment incentive program, but it also cut Florida Office of Film & Entertainment’s staff budget by 40 percent.

“We certainly were hoping it […]

Florida Legislature Failed Its Own Entertainment Production Industry

As the 2015 Legislative Special Session comes to a close, Film Florida confirms that the Florida Legislature eliminated the Entertainment Industry Financial Program from the budget again this year. In addition, the budget includes reducing the Florida Office of Film & Entertainment’s staff budget by close to 40%, significantly diminishing the ability of the office […]

Local Film Industry Bemoans Lack of State Incentives for Production

Originally posted on the Tampa Tribune website

For the third straight year, the Florida Legislature has decided not to replenish the state’s empty tax incentive pot earmarked for film and television productions.

Those connected to the local movie and television industry say that means states that offer financial breaks will continue to lure major productions away from the […]

Film Incentive Tax Bill Again Dies on Cutting Room Floor in Tallahassee

Originally posted on the Florida Politics website

A sizable percentage of the 100,000 or so entertainment industry professionals in Florida feel let down this week. The Legislature once again refused to include money in the state’s $80 billion budget for tax incentives to lure Hollywood to film in the Sunshine State.

“I’d be lying if I said I […]

Film, Game Backers Regroup After Florida Legislators Drop Incentives

Originally posted on the Orlando Sentinel website

orida filmmakers hope an effort to create an incentive program that offers tax breaks to production companies has not seen its final act.

In a late-night session last weekend, state lawmakers resolved a budget impasse but did not include the entertainment tax-incentive program, which supporters say would attract more filmmakers to […]

Legislative Update: Special Session

The Senate and the House have met through the month of June in a series of Budgeting Conferences. The Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development/Transportation & Economic Development conference negotiated a proposed budget between the House and the Senate and on Tuesday, June 9th at 6pm the conference shared the 3rd and final version for that […]

Registration for 2015 Toronto International Film Festival

Registration is now open for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which will take place from September 10-20, 2015. TIFF continues to grow both as a major festival for Hollywood awards films, independent film and international productions, as well as establishing a strong film market tie in with many international buyers and sellers.

Film Florida […]