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Motown Becomes Movietown | The Wall Street Journal

Sep-16-2010

Excerpt from The Wall Street Journal article, read the full story here

Across the street from a landscape of vacant houses and overgrown front yards, homicide detectives gather to investigate a murder. They analyze clues and debate how best to interrogate the key witnesses. Then, the director yells “Cut!” and everyone heads to a catered lunch of shrimp scampi and beef tenderloin.

photo illustration by Mick Coulas; Brian Widdis for The Wall Street Journal

The set of the gritty cop show “Detroit 1-8-7″ is one of more than 100 film and television productions that have flocked to Michigan in the last two years, the result of generous tax rebates. Producers have spent nearly $350 million in the state so far, a figure expected to reach $650 million by year’s end, up from $2 million in 2007, according to the Michigan Film Office. About 80% of these shoots take place in and around this iconic but much-maligned city, sprinkling a little stardust, optimism and controversy along the way.

Workers who used to build cars are learning to build sets. The entertainment sector is “a lifeboat as the auto industry adapts and restructures,” says Wayne County Executive Robert A. Ficano.

Signs of activity are everywhere. Hip-looking film-school grads on bicycles run errands in an empty warehouse that once served as a Chrysler distribution center and is now a cavernous 166,000-square-foot production studio for “Detroit 1-8-7.” Sets for the show, premiering on ABC Sept. 21, include a city morgue and a homicide unit with cluttered police desks and corkboards covered with mug shots.

The dilapidated Michigan Central Station, once a transportation hub, with marbled floors and Corinthian columns, has served as a symbol of urban ruination for years. It’s now a key location for productions including “Transformers 3″ and HBO’s “Hung.” On Tuesday “Hostel: Part III” and “Vamps,” a horror-comedy with Sigourney Weaver, both shot in the city’s neo-Gothic Masonic Temple. When “Harold and Kumar 3″ finished a scene this summer that required turning a downtown street into New York City at Christmas, set designers left the fake subway entrance intact, knowing another production would soon need it.

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Film Office Director: Industry ‘booming’ in Michigan

Sep-16-2010

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.

MFO Director Carrie Jones

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.

Read the entire MLive – Business Review West article

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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Transformers 3 | Michigan Film

Sep-01-2010

Transformers 3 begins filming in Michigan now that its Chicago segment is completed. The movie commenced principal photography in Los Angeles in June and stars Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Hugo Weaving (“Lords of The Rings”, “The Matrix”). Director Michael Bay and Producer Steven Spielberg bring their big film budget trilogy to the streets of Detroit revisiting the locations of their successful previous shooting in this town on the original Transformers. Film also stars John Turturro, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson and will be released in 3-D.  Clearly an acknowledgement of the growing film industry in Michigan thanks to the Michigan Film Incentives of 40-42% offered by the state.  - Michigan Film Production

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Michigan Film Production – The Michigan Film Source

Aug-31-2010

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Raleigh Michigan Studios Declared a “Promise Spotlight” Success Story by Governor Granholm

Aug-26-2010

Governor Granholm today touted Pontiac, the studio and sound stages of Raleigh Michigan Studios as a “Promise Spotlight” success story during the 2010 Emerging Cities Summit in Lansing. CEO Linden Nelson has stated that an official grand opening will be held toward the end of the year with soundstages open for business in February or March 2011.

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Post Production Business in Michigan Booming

Aug-20-2010

Michigan Film Production is benefitting from the Michigan Film Tax Incentives with the increase of post production houses in the state. Editorial, VFX, CGI are lucrative and creative areas for the rapidly expanding film industry in Michigan. “Alice in Wonderland” and “Piranha 3D” are just two films enabling Michigan filmmakers with their inbound business, thanks to Grace and Wild Studios and With A Twist.

Read the Detroit Free Press article

Raleigh Michigan Studios Breaks Ground Construction Commenced

Jul-27-2010

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film and “teaching studio” complex in a former General Motors truck and bus manufacturing facility in Pontiac should be up and running early next year, said Linden Nelson, chairman and CEO of Michigan Motion Picture Studios LLC.  At 5 p.m. today, Gov. Jennifer Granholm and others will participate in a ceremonial groundbreaking at Centerpoint Parkway, but work already has begun on the site to convert the defunct plant into Raleigh Michigan Studios.      From The Detroit News

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ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7″ First Network Primetime TV Series for Michigan

Jun-17-2010

ABC television networks new series “Detroit 1-8-7″ starring Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos”) is a major victory for the Michigan Film Incentives bringing Detroit its first network primetime tv series.

Read the Detroit Free Press article

Michigan Motion Picture Studios $28 Million Bond Approved

May-27-2010

Movie studio is a go for Pontiac

Louis Aguilar/Detroit News

Michigan Motion Picture Studios L.L.C. film studio got final approval for $28 million in bond financing, the last hurdle to build a major film complex at General Motors Co. Centerpoint BusinessCampus in Pontiac.

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The board of the Oakland County Economic Development Corp. gave final approval this morning of the bond.

“It’s a green light, it’s a go,” said Mary Langhauser, Oakland Co. supervisor for financial services, who attended the meeting.
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Ben Stiller to Produce “30 Seconds or Less” in Michigan

May-25-2010

[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.

Article:

http://www.wkzo.com/news/articles/2010/may/25/big-budget-movie-film-grand-rapids/

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