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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "States’ Film Production Incentives Cause Jitters"

Today the NY Times has the 3rd in its series on state tax incentives. The headline "Michigan Town Woos Hollywood, but Ends Up With a Bit Part."

The NY Times also wrote about this topic in 2008, as seen in this Oct. 12, 2008 ILB entry. The entry notes that Gov. Daniels had vetoed such incentives for Indiana, but the General Assembly overrode the veto. However, according to a IndyStar story from Aug. 15, 2008 quoted in the entry:

Indiana has finally positioned itself to become the real-life backdrop for blockbuster films and network TV shows.

But in the six weeks or so since offering its new film incentives program -- which went into effect July 1 -- no new film or television productions have qualified for the tax rebates offered. No applications have even been received.

Compare this to Michigan, which introduced its own film incentives just three months earlier. Since then, more than $150 million in film business has flooded into the state, including Clint Eastwood's newest film, "Gran Torino."

The difference? With up to a 42 percent rebate on production costs, Michigan's incentives are nearly triple the 15.percent in rebates the Hoosier state offers.

This July 16, 2009 ILB entry quotes from a Lesley Stedman Weidenbener Louisville Courier Journal report on budget cutbacks in the Indiana film tax credit program.

Also today, Maureen Hayden of the CNHI Statehouse Bureau has a story in the Logansport Pharos Tribune headed " Indiana's Hollywood Moment: ‘Parks and Rec’ meets real politics in Indiana shoot." It begins:

INDIANAPOLIS — What do you do when a political celebrity shows up for impromptu lunch at a landmark restaurant where the cast and crew of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” are shooting a scene?

You ask him if he wants in on the action and then, on the spot, you write up a cameo role.

That’s what happened Monday when former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich walked into St. Elmo’s Steak House in downtown Indianapolis as actor Rob Lowe and his male co-stars were filming a scene for an upcoming episode of the popular sitcom based in fictional Pawnee, Ind.

“This is wild,” actor Adam Scott said as Gingrich passed by on his way to makeup.

It’s Scott’s character, Ben Wyatt, who’s the reason Hollywood had taken over much of the iconic steakhouse: St. Elmo’s is the scene of Ben’s big bachelor party in Indianapolis, thrown by his steak-loving co-worker, Ron Swanson, and attended by some of the civil servants who populate Pawnee’s city hall. (Ironically, Scott’s character has recently returned from a job on Capitol Hill.)

Gingrich had stopped by the restaurant, not knowing of the film shoot, on his way to an appointment with Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 4, 2012 01:39 PM
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