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 [...]

2021-09-20T07:55:21-04:00April 28th, 2015|

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 [...]

2021-09-20T07:55:21-04:00April 28th, 2015|

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 [...]

2021-09-20T07:55:21-04:00April 26th, 2015|

‘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 [...]

2021-09-20T07:55:22-04:00April 22nd, 2015|

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 [...]

2021-09-20T07:55:22-04:00April 20th, 2015|

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 [...]

2021-09-20T07:55:22-04:00April 16th, 2015|

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 [...]

2015-04-20T08:52:25-04:00April 15th, 2015|

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 [...]

2015-04-20T08:40:33-04:00April 15th, 2015|

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, [...]

2021-09-20T07:55:22-04:00April 13th, 2015|

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 [...]

2021-09-20T07:55:22-04:00April 12th, 2015|

Miller’s Media Incentives Bill Heads to the House Floor

Originally posted on The Orlando Political Observer website: A media incentives bill that aims to bolster the film industry here in Florida, is heading to the House Floor after passing through it’s final committee this morning in Tallahassee. HB 451 being sponsored by State Representative Mike Miller (R-Winter Park) would offer for companies within the [...]

2015-04-10T15:04:57-04:00April 8th, 2015|

Proposed Tax Incentive Approved in House Committee

Originally posted on the WKMG-TV Channel 6 Orlando website from Mike Holfeld: The fight to make tax incentives available to Hollywood, TV and Digital productions in Florida won another big victory in Tallahassee Wednesday. The House Economic Affairs Committee delivering a convincing 12-5 vote to approve HB 451. The victory sends the measure to the House floor [...]

2015-04-10T14:58:17-04:00April 8th, 2015|


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