Florida: We’re losing our film business to Georgia

| November 16, 2016


Florida got rid of its film tax incentive program earlier this year, and now it is losing business to Georgia, according to Deadline.

“The industry here is one step away from dead,” said Fred Moyse, business manager of IATSE Local 477, which represents film crews in southern Florida, told the website. “We’ve lost a third of our members. It’s been devastating to the men and women who work in this industry, and crippling to the small businesses that support it.”

Florida was once the No. 3 filming location in the United States. Now it isn’t even in the top 20. Georgia, meanwhile, is tied for the No. 3 location in the world due to its massively successful incentive program.

Florida eliminated its film tax program after the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity group ran a campaign to do away with it. According to the Wall Street Journal, the free-market advocacy group could target Georgia’s film tax credit, which had an economic impact of $7 billion last year, during the 2017 legislative session, reports the Jacksonville Business Journal.

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