Filmmaker / movie star George Clooney is reportedly bringing the Exclusive Films and Appian Way production of “The Ides of March” to shoot in Michigan in February. As reported in The Detroit News, The Free Press and Deadline Hollywood, Clooney is set to star and direct the adaptation of Beau Willimon’s off-Broadway production of “Farragut North”. Also starring in the film are Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood and Marisa Tomei. The film is financed by Exclusive Films & Cross Creek Pictures in a partnership with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions. (More on facebook.com/moviebudget)
Update: ”The Ides of March” has now been approved for the Michigan Film Tax Incentive Program. It is anticipated the movie will now shoot in Detroit and parts of Ohio.
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Michigan Film Office Director Carrie Jones believes it’s an “incredibly exciting time for Michigan.” Jones took over the position earlier this summer and hopes to “carry on the trajectory” her predecessor, Janet Lockwood, set for Michigan’s film industry.
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In 2007, when the state had what Jones calls a “baby incentive,” three films shot in Michigan, spending $2 million. The current incentives passed in April 2008, and that year 35 film productions spent $135 million. Productions spent $223 million in 2009, and the film office estimates productions this year will spend more than $300 million, Jones said.
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Thousands of jobs are being created by the Michigan Film Incentives with 4,000 crew and 4,000 acting jobs for ’09 alone.
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DETROIT (AP) — A little-known state tax break for music producers could help put Motown back on the music map, but theDetroit Free Press says so far no one has taken advantage of it.
The state is offering tax credits of up to 42 percent for the production of music CDs and music videos. The break was designed to attract big-name artists to record in Michigan, which already is home to Eminem, Kid Rock and Bob Segar.
The tax credit has been available since April 2008, but no one has taken advantage of it apparently because it is so little-known.
Industry insiders like Brian Pastoria of Harmonie Park Studios say the incentive has potential to help grow the state’s music business.
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City of Allen Park officials announced a major movie studio deal Tuesday that will create a $146-million, full-service movie, television and new media production studio. Project is named Unity Studios. Unity Studios on Facebook
The factory will be built on 104 acres in Allen Park and include 750,000 square feet of production, post-production and production support services facilities with eight sound stages.
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Much awaited Michigan stage and studio facilities have been announced as approved for funding & Michigan film tax incentives which will bring more Michigan films and more jobs. Raleigh Michigan Studios, (formerly called Motown Motion Picture Studios) in Pontiac & Detroit Center Studios in Downtown Detroit were announced in the Governor’s State of the State speech. Both Michigan and Detroit stages and studios will enable around the year production and are a major infrastructure support development for the Michigan Film industry enabling additional Michigan film production opportunities. With 71 films approved since last April for film incentive this year will be a landmark year in Michigan film production. From script to screen MFP is your source to film Michigan.
MICHIGAN STAGES & STUDIOS UPDATE on Michigan Film Production home page – click for update