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State leaders push to grow film industry in Florida

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State leaders are trying to bring more film and television productions to Florida. Lawmakers have proposed plans that to offer millions in tax credits to studious that shoot on-location within our state (proposals in the legislature range in scope from $50-$200 million in credits per year).

One of the plans would offer additional incentives to projects that are family-friendly (i.e. do not include profanity, nudity, explicit content and other adult themes).

Florida already hosts a number of film and TV projects. But promoters say we're losing out on other productions to Georgia, Louisiana and other states that offer strong tax incentives for the industry. The idea behind these proposals in the legislature is to attract more projects in the entertainment industry to boost our economy and create new jobs.

"We need to roil out the welcome mat," said Tampa marketing executive and actor Travis Horn. He applauds efforts to offer tax breaks for film and video producers, but says family-friendly projects should not get extra incentives. He says that could drive productions that are not family friendly to other states where they can get better deals.

"Let's face it. Sometimes to give a positive message you have to showcase the seedier side of life," said Horn. "Dallas Buyer's Club for example won... awards but it wasn't exactly a PG or PG-13 film."


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