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Old 04-20-10, 12:14 PM
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Detroit becoming the next Hollywood?

Found a reference to this, so I started to look up news articles. Very interesting stuff. Essentially, while Michigan is dealing with 14% unemployement (much higher in Detroit) and people are leaving the city to go elsewhere, there was a tax credit passed for making movies. So they went from something like 5 movies made in Detroit before 2008 to 31 films made in 2008, 35 in 2009, and looking to top that in 2010. There is also info on how much the tax credit has cost and how much revenue has been brought in.

Detroit becoming the next Hollywood?
http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/d...hollywood.html

Detroit is No. 8 on MovieMaker Magazine's list of 10 best cities for independent filmmakers
http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/g...oviemaker.html

Book it: Michigan film tax credit paying off for hotel industry
http://www.mlive.com/business/detroi..._tax_cred.html

Film tax incentives: How Hollywood is taking it
http://www.mlive.com/movies/index.ss...ow_hollyw.html

Anyway, lots of other good articles you can follow from there. Very interesting stuff.
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They already have block after block of backdrops perfect for any post-apocalyptic wasteland.
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for disaster movies?
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They should remake the Robocop series.
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I read several articles over the last few months how tax breaks that states and smaller municipalities offer don't actually stimulate the economy because they don't create a net gain in the economy. They just move businesses from one location to another.

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I read several articles over the last few months how tax breaks that states and smaller municipalities offer don't actually stimulate the economy because they don't create a net gain in the economy. They just move businesses from one location to another.
Yes, this and we are already hearing reports of these studios not paying their bills to the local contractors.

Besides, what happens when Cleavland gives a better tax break?
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They had this in iowa for a while recently, until some abuses by the production companies killed it off. Doing stuff like buying luxury vehicles for staff, that weren't used in the movies, but the film companies would still claim the tax credit as though it was part of the production cost of the film..
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Besides, what happens when Cleavland gives a better tax break?
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Yes, this and we are already hearing reports of these studios not paying their bills to the local contractors.

Besides, what happens when Cleavland gives a better tax break?
That and Hollywood accounting.
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