Raleigh Michigan Studios complex in Pontiac Michigan to commence movie productions this spring in 630,000 square foot project. The $80 million movie studio will anchor and launch the Michigan film industry as a homegrown and sustainable production center. CEO Linden Nelson stated nine sound stages will be created for film and television production employing up to 3,600 film crew members and support staff. Journalists and guests were given a tour of the former GM transformed site. Read the Free Press article.
Worldwide states, countries and jurisdictions everywhere are increasing their film tax incentives, credits and rebate programs aimed at luring film production companies to their areas. They all realize that film production has an economic activity multiplier effect and actively work to draw film producers and directors to make their movies in their towns, villages, cities, provinces and states. Governments understand the financial boost to their tourism efforts, greatly needed inward economic expenditure and the increased local creative energy and opportunities delivered to those creating intellectual property – for America a major U.S. export commodity. Support the Michigan Film Incentive Program. Contact your representatives.
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A 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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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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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.
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Real Steel commenced shooting in Michigan with Hugh Jackman starring in robot fighter father and son tale.
In “Real Steel,” Jackman plays an out-of-work fighter who, with his estranged son, grooms a junkyard robot boxer as a contender in the new, no-humans-allowed league. The film will use motion-capture animation for the robot-on-robot brawling action, but in live-action scenes — which started shooting Monday — the human actors get to interact with 19 real-life animatronic creations. Directed by Shawn Levy from Executive Producer Steven Spielberg.
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X-Men “Wolverine” to star in action Sci-Fi adventure “Real Steel” film from Dreamworks & Steven Spielberg. $80 Million film budget Picture will shoot Detroit and other parts of Michigan in June 2010.
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“Up In The Air” which filmed sequences in Michigan won Best Actor award for George Clooney and tops the National Board of Review’s critics picks.
Additional winners are Clint Eastwood, Best Director for “Invictus” (whom formerly won for “Gran Torino” also filmed in Michigan thanks to the film incentives.)
“The Domino Effect” shoots London/UK , Amsterdam/Netherlands, Mumbai/India, Beijing/China, Cape Town/South Africa and Detroit/Michigan. Proudly utilizing 98% all Michigan crew for the USA segments, the film reveals the interconnectivity of cultures in the midst of economic turmoil and the strength of the human spirit triumphant in difficult times. Filming in Detroit, Novi, Farmington Hills, Northville picture will showcase real Michigan locations and people. Film is financed by Kasander Films of The Netherlands Contact: http://www.kasanderfilm.nl
$146M Unity Studios film complex breaks ground
Nathan Hurst / The Detroit News
Allen Park — Unity Studios, the film studio complex slated to bring soundstages, production facilities and a training institute to a former Visteon Corp. facility, broke ground Thursday, becoming the first of three such projects in Michigan to begin construction.
Raleigh Michigan Studios – the Pontiac studio financed by A. Alfred Taubman, Linden Nelson, John Rakolta Jr. and William Morris Endeavor – Ari Emanuel has arranged the $75.8 Million required to break ground in 30 days on ten soundstages to be ready for summer 2010 according to Steve Lemberg, CFO of RMS. Meanwhile Jimmy Lifton’s Unity Studios in Allen Park while delayed from its June groundbreaking continues toward the October opening of The Lifton Institute and the initiation of the bond issue needed to fund the land purchase. Wonderstruck Studios, which was formerly announced to take shape at the temporary MGM Grand facility may be considering another location.
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