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Michigan Film Tax Incentives – Best in the Nation

A Michigan Film Industry Town Meeting


As a devoted member of Michigan’s film industry, Mitch Albom and Kenneth Droz Consulting invite you to



An organizational and informational event to most effectively communicate to Michigan’s legislators, governor and voting public why the film incentive program (among other issues), should be preserved.

WHEN: Thursday, February 24, 7:30pm

Rally to save the film/tv credits in michigan has NEW LOCATION:

Laurel Manor (Banquet Center) , 39000 Schoolcraft, Livonia. THURS 7:30.

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Featured Speakers:
Mitch Albom, Free Press Columnist
Jeff Daniels, actor/filmmaker
Mike Binder, filmmaker and Michigan native
Vicki Barnett, Michigan State Representative
Andy Meisner, Oakland County Treasurer, and former State Rep.
Philippe Martinez, Maxsar Studios CEO
Emery King and Jim Burnstein, Chair and Vice-Chair, MFO Advisory Council
Chris Baum, Film Detroit/Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau
Nathaniel McClure, CEO Scientifically Proven Entertainment
Mark Adler, Mich. Production Alliance
Selected working college graduates and undergraduates
Ken Droz, Consultant and former MFO Communications Mgr.
Provided will be various evidence and informational points, legislators’ names and contact info, and strategic methods on conveying the most effective message possible, for legislative officials and districts statewide.

Hosted by Mitch Albom, Kenneth Droz Consulting and Maxsar Digital Studios
Open to the press and general public.

All Facebook postings are welcome and encouraged.

The first name in Michigan Film

Video :  Mitch Albom Reacts to Governor\’s Budget Proposal

Michigan Red Camera, 35MM / Director of Photography / 1st A.C. & Camera Vendor


Stopped Motion based in Michigan is a premiere provider of Red Camera System ® technology for film, television and video production in Michigan and worldwide. Founder and veteran Director of Photography Henry Joy provides expert equipment, service and results for projects of any scale. With an impressive array of equipment of high quality, camera truck, reliability and an excellent support crew as well, Stopped Motion is a one stop shop for professional camera department provision. Likewise, Henry is just a Joy to work with.

Michigan Camera Vendor & Director of Photography

Stopped Provides Red Camera & 35mm

Utilizing the Michigan film tax incentive provides 40-42% back on all services and labor provided by Stopped Motion camera as an in state crew member and vendor. Contact Henry for a quote, you’ll be glad you did! Michigan Film Production proudly recommends Henry Joy and Stopped

Michigan Film a “Double” for Paris, Russia, Switzerland, Baltimore, Washington D.C. in Detroit


Detroit, Michigan doubles for Paris, Russia, Switzerland, Baltimore and Washington D.C. in Richard Gere, Topher Grace movie “The Double”, currently shooting in Detroit through August

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Film Budgets by a veteran line producer consulting on your movie.

Ben Stiller to Produce “30 Seconds or Less” in Michigan


[From WKZO News]

Ben Stiller will film in Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS — Director, writer, and actor Ben Stiller will produce “30 Minutes or Less” which is set to start in July and is expected to last through October.  The West Michigan Film Office says this will be the biggest movie project shot in the area not just since Michigan’s tax incentives to attract movie production went into place, but the biggest ever.  Production is expected to last until October.

Producers won’t say exactly how much they will spend, only that will be at least ten-million dollars.  Producers have also booked five-thousand hotel rooms.  The movie is rumored to feature actors Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, Michael Pena, and Nick Swardson.


New York Film Tax Incentive $7 Billion Draw | 63,000 Jobs | Hollywood Reporter


N.Y. film tax credit is economic driver
Lawmakers eye extending program through 2015
By Georg Szalai
March 16, 2010, 11:40 AM ET
Updated: March 16, 2010, 10:47 PM ET
NEW YORK — The Empire State’s $420 million production tax credits program, part of the state budget bill lawmakers are considering, has received a shot in the arm.

New York comptroller Thomas DiNapoli issued a report Tuesday that credits previous incentive programs with driving $7 billion into the state’s economy from their 2004 launch through 2008. He also credits the program with contributing to the employment of as many as 63,000 people in 2008, double-digit-percentage job creation since the start of the incentives, as much as $5 billion in wages in 2008 and boosting state and local tax coffers Read the rest of this entry »

Michigan Film Industry Attracts Federal Funds to Detroit


DETROIT (WXYZ) – A federal grant will help Detroiters train for work in the state’s growing film industry.

Governor Jennifer Granholm, Mayor Dave Bing and Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano announced Monday the $438,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will go to the Detroit Workforce Development Department, which is a Michigan Works! agency. The DWDD film technician training program will provide hands-on education in the film production and employment opportunities in the industry.

Read the article on WXYZ Action News 7 and APPLY ONLINE

Film credits help hotels, survey says


Film credits help hotels, survey says
Bookings meant $5M in “08,’09
By Daniel Duggan

The hospitality industry is stressing the importance of film business to its bottom line as talks in Lansing weigh a cut in the state’s film tax credit.

Figures released to Crain’s indicate almost 50,000 hotel rooms booked in metro Detroit by the film industry in 2008 and 2009. It resulted in nearly $5 million in revenue and roughly another $5 million in food and beverage spending.

“I think the numbers we saw would have been even better without the negative conversations about film credits,” Baum said, referring to talks in the Legislature of cutting the tax incentive.

Good Morning – Call Lansing Now!


Legislators are reviewing the Nancy Cassis’ ill advised destruction of the Michigan film industry. Please get on the phone to your representatives, the Governor’s office, your radio stations and television stations, websites, blogs and twitters and facebooks! Stop the destruction of a burgeoning, clean, job creating, brain-drain reversing, tourism attracting Film Industry in Michigan:

Senator Nancy Cassis intros Bills to kill incentive Phone: (517) 373-1758 Fax: (517) 373-0938


Sen. Tom George, R-Kalamazoo
P.O. BOX 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536
Phone: (517) 373-0793
Fax: (517) 373-5607

Judson Gilbert, R-Algonac
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536
(517) 373-7708
(517) 373-1450

Sen. Nancy Cassis, R-Novi,
Senator Nancy Cassis
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536
By Phone: (517) 373-1758
By Fax: (517) 373-0938
By Email:

Michael Switalski, D-Roseville,
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536
Phone: 517-373-7315
Fax: 517-373-3126

CONTACT REP. EILLEN KOWALL and tell her not to support the Cassis legislation.

Phone: 248-858-0100 (County); 248-887-3089 (home);Fax: 248-858-1572 (County)
Additional from the MPA:
Sen. Nancy Cassis (Chairman Senate Finance Committee)
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FAX – 517/373-0938
Office no. – 517/373-1758
HOME – 248/347-1631 and anyone who wants to call it, SHOULD DO SO!!
H – 22186 Daleview Dr., Novi, MI 48374 – Anyone with a stamp and printer can send all the snail mail they want.

Finance Committee Members

Sen. Jud Gilbert (vice chair, R – 25th Dist., Algonac)
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Office no. 517/373-7708
FAX – 517/373-1450
District no. 810/794-3631

Sen. John Pappageorge (R – 13th Dist., Troy)
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Office no. – 517/373-2523
FAX – 517/373-5669
Dist. no. – N/A

Sen. Mark Jansen (R-28th Dist., Grand Rapids)
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PH – 517/373-0797
FX – 517/373-5236
Dist. no. – N/A

Sen. Gilda Jacobs (Minority Vice Chair, D-14th Dist., Huntington Woods)
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PH – 517/373-7888
FX – 517/373-2983

Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D – 23rd Dist., E. Lansing)
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PH – 517/373-1734
FX – 517/373-5397
Dist. No. – 517/333-3250

Sen. Deborah Cherry (D – 26th Dist., Burton)
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PH – 517/373-1636
FX – 517/373-1453

Additional enemies of film incentives:

Sen. Mickey Switalski, (D – 10th Dist, Roseville)
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PH – 517/373-7315
FX – 517/373-3126
Dist. No. 586/734-2430

All Senate snail mail should go to:
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536
Rep. Pete Lund (R – 36th Dist., Shelby Twp.) This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
PH – 517/373-0843
FX – 517/373-5892

Dist. No. – 586/677-2175

House of Rep. mail should go to:
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514

Michigan Film Incentives Supporters Rally August 18, 2009 Lansing


Rally in Lansing on Tuesday August 18 9am – 1pm. The purpose of the event is to ward off the counter productive negative publicity being disseminated in the media about the demise of the film bills. Film incentives benefit everyone is the theme. 60% of nothing is nothing! This is new money that would not have come to Michigan had it not been for these visionary bills. We will have signs for the thousand people we NEED to see on the east steps of the Capital Tuesday morning. Bring a chair, an umbrella and your support for the incentives!

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Michigan Film: Kid Rock / Governor Granholm on Film Tax Incentive


Kid Rock and Governor Jennifer Granholm describe their support for the 42% Michigan film tax incentive. Michigan Film Production applauds their efforts and emphatic backing of one of the great success stories coming out of Michigan.

Michigan Film Production – Michigan’s Film Producer

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